The Instruments of Good Works

Do not render evil for evil (1 Thess 5:15; 1 Pet. 3:9). Do no wrong to anyone; rather, bear patiently the wrong done to yourself. Love your enemies (Matt. 5:44; Luke 6:27). Do not render cursing for cursing, but rather blessing. Bear persecution for justice’s sake (Matt 5:10).

Rule of Benedict, Chapter 4

The Instruments of Good Works

To deny yourself, in order to follow Christ (Matt 16:24; Luke 9:23). To chastise the body (1 Cor. 9:27): not to seek after delicate living: to love fasting. To relieve the poor; to clothe the naked, to visiti the sick (Matt. 25:36), to bury the dead. To help in affliction; to console the sorrowing.

Rule of Benedict, Chapter 4

The Instruments of Good Works

Then, to love your neighbor as yourself. you are not to kill, not to commit dultry, not to steal, not to covet (Rom. 13:9). You are not to bear false witness (Matt 19:18; Mark 10:19; Luke 18:20). You must honor all (1 Pet. 2:17). You must not do to another what you would not have done to yourself (Tob. 4:16; Matt 7:12).

Rule of Benedict, Chapter 4