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WELCOME! I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing daily inspiration, quotes and religious resources. Faith and religion are precious gifts that bless.
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St. Romuald was born in Ravenna, Italy, around 950. He was a nobleman, and it's
said he lived an indulgent, thoughtless youth. But at the age of 20, he became
horrified when his father killed an enemy in a duel and fled to the Abbey of
San Apollinare-in-Classe. He eventually entered the religious life, becoming a
hermit and founding many monasteries and hermitages in Italy during his long life.
He lived an austere life, more austere than any of us would choose. However,
The Little Rule of Master Romuald is a treasure that can be applied to our lives today.
It follows below, broken up so that each portion can be savored separately.
I've also added some Bible passages to accompany the sections.
THE LITTLE RULE OF MASTER ROMUALD
Sit in your cell as in paradise. Put the whole world
behind you and forget it. Watch your thoughts like
a good fisherman watching for fish.
(Matthew 6: 19-21)
Do not lay up
for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust
consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves
treasure in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where
thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your
heart be also.
The path you must follow is in the Psalms --
never leave it.
If you have just come to the monastery, and in spite
of your good will you cannot accomplish what you want,
then take every opportunity you can to sing the Psalms
in your heart and to understand them with your mind. And
if your mind wanders as you read, do not give up; hurry back
and apply your mind to the words once more.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
(Psalm 23, New International Version)
Realize above all that you are in God's presence,
and stand there with the attitude of one who
stands before the emperor.
In the beginning of God's creating the heavens and the earth ---
when the earth was astonishingly empty, with darkness upon
the surface of the deep, and the Divine Presence hovered upon
the surface of the waters --- God said, "Let there be light,"
and there was light."
(Genesis 1: 1, The Stone Edition Tanach)
And now the Last Word:
Empty yourself completely and sit waiting,
content with the grace of God, like the chick
who tastes nothing and eats nothing but what
his mother brings him.
Every truth has four corners.
As a teacher, I give you one corner, and it is
for you to find the other three.
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