Elders of the Benedictines:
A Portrait and Interview Project

Father Frederic Schindler, O.S.B., b. 1921

Father Frederic Schindler, O.S.B.Father Frederic is a member of the Benedictine community at Mount Michael Abbey in Elkhorn, Nebraska.

Q: Is there any of the Rule of Saint Benedict that has a special significance for you?

A: The Rule is so remarkable. Benedict was not a theologian. But the Rule is not man's work alone. Benedict was God's creation and through his Holy Rule he speaks with a deep awareness of God and a taste for the things of God. The Rule drinks deep from the well of the Scriptures. In fact there are more than 500 quotations or allusions to the Holy Scripture in the Holy Rule. Benedict didn't write the Rule because he saw the need for it in the ages to come, but rather he wrote it to fill the need at his time, for poor people who came to him for help. So he put into writing a few things, and now it continues to be this marvelous living document created fifteen hundred years ago. . . . God is not physical, not of the world of our senses, He is beyond that. Faith gives way to vision, hope gives way to love and possession. Love is what God is. Our love is a participation in the Divine. In this life we can know only through analogy and concept. In the next life we will know God as he is, seeing him face to face.

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