Christian monks and nuns have been living parables of discipline for a millennium and a half. Their insight into discipline and its intimate, essential relationship to spontaneity is captured unforgettably in a single sentence at the end of the Prologue to the Rule of Benedict, the charter for their way of life — "As we progress in this way of life and in faith, we shall run on the path of God's commandments, our hearts overflowing with the inexpressible delight of love."

Patrick Henry, The Ironic Christian's Companion