Hat tip to Fr. Stephen Hilgendorf for bringing this article on stability to my attention.  The article was written by Professor Garwood Anderson, one of Fr. Stephen’s professors at Nashotah House.

A reminder that those who follow the Rule of St. Benedict do not take the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience but of obedience, stability, and conversion according to the monastic manner of life.  Stability is one of the distinguishing characteristics between monastics and most other religious institutes.  Needless to say, stability for oblates is different from stability for monks and nuns.  Professor Anderson’s article is therefore a helpful reflection on how non-monastics can grow in virtue by embracing stability.


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