(A SHORT SERMON TO THE PRIORY SCHOOL STUDENT BODY)
There is a good zeal which separates from vice and leads to God and everlasting life. The monks, therefore, should practice this good zeal with the most fervent love; each should ignore what is best for himself, and instead do what he thinks will most help the others. In fact, the monks should compete with one another in showing respect.
Yesterday afternoon, I was approached by one of the maintenance staff. She told me that one of you came up to her yesterday while she was working in the senior lounge. And you bought her a soda. And you thanked her for making the place look so nice. That is what Saint Benedict means by good zeal. That is what it looks like when one of you ignores what is best for himself and instead, does what he thinks will most help someone else.
I can’t remember ever being more proud of this community.