CHAPTER 2

PROSPERITY

With an Introduction by Anselm Grün

The Bible tells us that God wants humankind to do well on earth, and to be prosperous enough to live in peace and find happiness. In the eight Beatitudes, Jesus described an eightfold path—similar to the Buddha’s eightfold path—for the achievement of happiness and success in life, but He doesn’t promise us an ideal world. Man will only be happy if he lives in harmony with himself and his lot, if he is fair to himself and his fellow men, and free of dependencies. If Man is ruled by God rather than his own ego, then he will be truly free and will become the kind of human being God created.

Saint Benedict established a clear Rule organizing monastic life along these lines. The Rule focuses ...

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