Listen. Benedict deliberately chose this word as the beginning of his Rule. It also is the first word that strikes us when the Rule is read on January 1; and it stands as a kind of theme for every year. Benedict starts without preliminaries and addresses the person directly. The last word of this sentence forms an inclusion together with the first word: 'Listen - fulfil!' The entire verse describes this listening with its fullest sense.
Aquinata Böckmann OSB quoted in The Monastic Way, Canterbury Press ISBN 1853117579. Now follow the monastic way to Columns of plainsong soaring upwards.
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