A Naked Wise Man & Contentment
My reading this morning from The Rule of Saint Benedict, chapter 34;
“‘…Giving should be done according to need.’ By this we do not mean that there should be favoritism but consideration for those lacking. The one who needs less should be thankful and content; the one who needs more should be humbled and content to receive the kindness shown to them. In this all will be at peace.”
Would we be content to give the thief our clothes? Are we at peace when others receive?
There is an unpleasant place in most of us that is bothered when others are given more… more recognition, praise, opportunities, money, family, friends, etc. This discontentment comes from many places, the cultural disease of entitlement, a need for love and approval, or plain ol’ jealousy.
Contentment is not just being at peace with what we have received but also with what others have been given. Oftentimes it is the latter which proves more difficult.
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