From yesterday’s Sojourners Voice of the Day:
There is to be acceptance of people who come from very different places (using this metaphorically as well as literally). There is to be willingness to hear “reasonable criticisms or observations” and to learn from the example of others. … In a world that builds barriers, puts up walls, keeps the other out, and is looking for certainty, we turn to the Rule of Benedict and find a man who insists on balance, mutual respect, reciprocity, openness. Benedict refused to live with a closed mind.
– Esther De Waal
from “A Life-Giving Way” quoted in Essential Monastic Wisdom: Writings on the Contemplative Life by Hugh Feiss