This chapter talks about the Monastic Life. But ironically, it starts out by including other people not just ourselves and God. It states “If you wish peace and concord with others, you must learn to break your will in many things.” This sounds like the Third Step in the Christian 12 Step Program, to turn our will over to God and always to be seeking His will in everything. And it goes on to say how “foolish” this seems to the world of self will run riot.
We are told to become servants of all , not just to seek God for our own benefit.
We are “called to suffer and work, not to idle and gossip away our time.” To do this we must “humble” ourselves “before God”.
This chapter tells us we have many examples for us to follow in our journey.
We must never forget to” fast, pray “and have daily “Holy Meditations” (Holy because there are too many secular meditations that many of us fall prey too).
We see these things being done by the first “Apostles, martyrs, confessors and virgins”. It goes on tell us that those of us enter this spiritual realm of mastering our “evil habits” are very “brave” just like the aforementioned.
We need to seek to be poor in all things but “rich in grace and virtue”. We can be “despised by the world but in the eyes of God..precious and beloved.” This is done by “true humility and simple obedience” to His will and not ours. Amen!
To allow yourself to under the right kind of “Authority” is a blessing not a curse. And I must add that once we humble ourselves before Jesus, He will eventually lead us to His Church that He gave “Authority” to here on earth.
This chapter starts out telling us this walk we have entered into is a “Daily” walk. We are to “renew” ourselves in the Lord daily. The first thing we must do is ask God for help; “Help me, O Lord God, in my good resolution and in Your Holy Service. Grant me now, this very day, to begin perfectly, for thus far I have done nothing.”
We are told to be very “Diligent”, to “depend on the grace of God” and to bring “every undertaking” to Him.
This chapter also sounds like a step, step 10, we are to make a “resolution” in the morning and at night “examine” ourselves. Because “perhaps you have often offended God and those about you.”
Most important of all we are told to “arm” ourselves” against the devil's assaults”. Because once you make that decision to follow God the devil was begin his attacks and at times they will seem unending. And this is really a blessing because the more he attacks us the more closer we should be getting to God by more consecrations, more devotions, more Holy Meditations, more corporal and spiritual works of mercy and of course more discipline of our body, mind and spirit. And we are told to be especially mindful of these during Holy Seasons.
“Blessed is the servant, says Christ, “whom his Master, when He cometh, shall find watching. Amen I say to you He shall make him ruler over all His goods.”