Christian Themes

(Literary Essentials: Christian Fiction and Nonfiction)

With its simple and practical application of Christian virtue to daily living, the Rule of St. Benedict became not only the most influential guide to monastic living in the West but also influential as a guide to general principles of Christian living, emphasizing the way of obedience. Obedience is the first step of humility, which comes naturally to those who cherish Christ above all. In the twelve steps of humility the whole of Benedictine mysticism is summed up, from conversion through interior purification and exterior expression to the perfect love of God, where all is now done no longer out of fear but out of love of Christ, good habits, and delight in virtue. It is through patience that we share in the passion of Christ and merit to share in his kingdom.