Saturday, July 30, 2011

St. Romuald's Brief Rule

Sit in your cell as in paradise;
put the whole world behind you and forget it;
like a skilled angler on the lookout for a catch
keep a careful eye on your thoughts.

The path you follow is in the psalms-dont' leave it.
If you've come with a novice's enthusiasm and can't
accomplish what you want, take every chance you can find
to sing the psalms in your heart and to understand them
with your head; if you mind wanders as you read
don't give up but hurry back and try again.

Above all realize that you are in God's presence;
hold your heart there in wonder as if before your sovereign.

Empty yourself completely;
sit waiting, content with God's gift,
like a little chick tasting and eating nothing
but what its mother brings.

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you posted this, since it is one of my favorite texts of all time. The simplicity of it manages to include, I think, just about everything a hermit should know and do. And the rest of us, non-hermits though we are, can learn from St. Romuald. "Like a little chick who eats nothing unless its mother brings it food." The perfect image of patient, quiet sitting and waiting on God.