Mutual Mentoring:
A New Paradigm Of An Old Tradition

Mentoring at the heart of the Rule

Mutual mentoring seems to underlie so many of the values in the Rule--listening, respect for others, humility, seeing Christ in the monastic leader, in the guest, and in one another, and knowing that we are just beginners in this school of the Lord's service. I believe mutual mentoring is at the heart of the Rule. Let us hear that call to be mutual mentors of one another as I end this presentation with chapter 72 of the Rule:

Just as there is a wicked zeal of bitterness which separates from God and leads to hell, so there is a good zeal which separates from evil and leads to God and everlasting life. This then, is the good zeal which members must foster with fervent love: "They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other" (Rom.12:10), supporting with the greatest patience one another's weakness of body or behavior, and earnestly competing in obedience to one another. No monastics are to pursue what they judge better for themselves, but instead, what they judge better for someone else. Among themselves they show the pure love of sisters and brothers; to God, reverent love; to their prioress or abbot, unfeigned and humble love. Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may Christ bring us all together to everlasting life.14

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14Chittister, The Rule of Benedict 177 . return

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