Rule of St Benedict.
CHAPTER VI: CONCERNING SILENCE
Let us do what the prophet says: “I said, I will watch my ways, that I transgress not with my
tongue. I set a watch upon my mouth, I became dumb and humbled and silent from good.” Here the
prophet shows, if one ought sometimes to abstain from speaking good for the sake of keeping
silence, how much more ought one to be deterred from evil words on account of the penalty of sin.
Wherefore, even though it is always for good and holy converse that tends to edification, let but rare
leave to talk be granted to fully trained disciples, on account of the importance of silence; because it
is written: “In much speaking thou wilt not escape sin.” And elsewhere: “Death and life are in the
power of the tongue.” For to speak and to teach becomes the master, to be silent and to listen
beseems the disciple. And so if anything has to be asked of the superior let it be asked with all
humility and with reverent subjection.
But all manner of buffoonery and idle, mirth-provoking words we adjudge should be
perpetually restrained in every place; and for such discourse we permit not the disciple to open his
Today’s Gospel Reading.
The Parable of Weeds among the Wheat
24 Another parable he put before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27 And the servants[a] of the householder came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then has it weeds?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants[b] said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 But he said, ‘No; lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’