“Listen” is the first word in the Rule of St. Benedict. Benedict is setting out the importance of not allowing ourselves to become our own guides, our own gods. Obedience, Benedict says – the willingness to listen for the voice of God in life – is what will wrench us out of the limitations of our own landscape. We are being called to something outside of ourselves, something greater than ourselves, something beyond ourselves.

(The Rule of Benedict, A Spirituality for the 21st Century, Sr. Joan Chittister)