The Tools for Good Works                                                                   First of all, love the Lord God with your whole heart, your whole soul and all your strength, and love your neighbor as yourself. . . . Renounce yourself in order to follow Christ; discipline your body; do not pamper yourself, but love fasting.  You must relieve the lot of the poor, clothe the naked, visit the sick, and bury the dead.  Go to help the troubled and console the sorrowing. . . . Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else. . . . Listen readily to holy reading, and devote yourself often to prayer. . . .Do not aspire to be called holy before you really are, but first be holy that you may more truly be called so.  Live by God’s commandments every day; treasure chastity, harbor neither hatred nor jealousy of anyone, and do nothing out of envy. And finally, never lose hope in God’s mercy.             Saint Benedict, The Rule of Saint Benedict

Tools For Good Works
The tools for good works are found in the gathered communion of saints as they walk together through this life in fellowship and gather around the table in joy and peace.  We are blessed to be able to learn not just from the saints we know today but from the men and women who have lived holy lives before us.  Among the works that have been influential to the life of The Farmhouse are the following:
Saint Benedict, The Rule of Saint Benedict
Anonymous, The Cloud of Unknowing
Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love
Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together
Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation
Thomas Merton, The Wisdom of the Desert
John Perkins, ed., Restoring At-Risk Communities
The Liturgy of the Hours, Vol. I-IV
The Book of Common Prayer

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