Question: The published version of the Rule makes much of how it might be used by Christians in other walks of life, with several pages of suggestions for how even some of the specifically monastic chapters might be appropriated. What is your experience of using the Rule with retreatants, directees, and other people who come to you for counsel?
Br. Geoffrey Tristram: One of the things I so appreciate about the depth of thought represented by the Rule is its application to virtually any form of Christian life. In the first place, it removes any possibility of a false distinction between monastics and other Christians, as though the religious life is for some kind of spiritual elite. Virtually every chapter of the Rule has something to say to ordinary Christians because the end is the same for all of us: the experience of larger life. Christ is always calling us to something more. This is why Father Benson said that Jesus’ call to us is continuous—it never ends and we never arrive.