Obaudire, Obedience

Excellent observation from Matthew Dallman, a Martin Thornton scholar: “When parishioners are indicating an interest in traditional prayer — Divine Office, lectio divina, as well as other forms of biblical meditation and contemplation — from an ascetical/pastoral perspective, the theological need being expressed is a desire to be taught obedience, that is, how to be obedient — habitually listening — to God.”

The etymological root of the word “obedience” is obaudire, to listen.  As mentioned in an earlier post—and a point to which I hope to return soon—the Rule opens with the word “listen” (using a different Latin word, obsculta, in some MSS., ausculta in others).

Ausculta illumination 2 colors

One Comment Add yours

  1. Ann Marie Pax says:

    What is the precise difference between “obaudire” and “obsculta” ?
    Thank you.
    + Pax
    Ann Marie


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