Question: These conversations about the Rule have begun to function as a “live commentary,” with a lot of insight into the provenance of a particular word or phrase in the Rule. How helpful (or not) is this?
Br. Kevin Hackett: Very helpful, I think. It gives me insight into how some of the early Christian churches must have experienced the constant reading of documents that became what we call the New Testament. I like this live dynamic, especially when I know that I’m hearing a particular Brother, who is speaking for all of us. James is the source of the insight in our chapter on silence (27) concerning the healing power of that practice. And because of that insight, I always urge retreatants to be the guardians and therefore agents of one another’s healing by protecting one another’s silence.