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St Benedict and the Fear of the Lord Throughout the ancient world the Gods were something that people loved and hated They did have a certain fear from their gods but it wasnt like that kind of fear of the Middle Ages With Christianity coming into full stride the mentality of the time was that God was something to be feared This is something of importance the middle ages are riddled with the fear of god and people spend their whole lives in that constant shadow This is noticeable in our first reading In The Rule of St Benedict he goes about on how to live a monastic life and what the proper procedures are The main goal that I feel is is to not make God angry Humility and obedience the building blocks for anyones life This amount of fear and the practice of fear is very visible in the reading from following the words of the apostle that says Reprove rebuke exhort to the daily life of a monk and the rules to which a monk needs to follow The two main rules that a monk has to follow truly show the signs of the times Obedience and Humility Obedience being the first grade of humility the part that we are interested in is the part of if you dont obey then you should burn in hell for someone today this excerpt I feel wouldnt affect them as much as if did back then Some main reasons for this being the fall of the Roman Empire people were sick and tired of being pushed around by tyrants and idiot kings they were ready for a change But this change was only going to come around if they obey fully to what this new god had to say The Humility well now that just gives it all away Just reading the first sentence keeping ever before ones eyes the feat of
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