22/366 - a friend's gift, on the mantle where I can be reminded.
Notes from The Rule of St. Benedict.
"Therefore we intend to establish a school for the Lord's service. In drawing up its regulations, we hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome. The good of all concerned however, may prompt us to a little strictness in order to amend faults and to safeguard love. Do not be daunted immediately by fear and run away from the road that leads to salvation. It is bound to be narrow at the outset. But as we progress in this way of life and in faith, we shall run on the path of God's commandments, our hearts overwhelming with the inexpressible delight of love."
A little strictness, a little effort, in order to safeguard love. Not just for me...but for the prodigal, and for the ones who are even now making plans for flying from the nest, for the one still becoming, for a marriage long on endurance and short on carefree days. To amend faults, to safeguard love, that is nothing burdensome at all.