The First Charism
Saints Benedict, Dominic, Ignatius, and Francis were in heaven arguing over which of their charisms was most primordial.
Saint Benedict said: “All the way in the garden of Eden, all that existed was work and prayer, ‘Ora et Labora,’ therefore we are first.”
Saint Dominic jumped in: “Hold on. In order for Eden to be created, God had to speak, and so the Word was first. Dominicans are older.”
Saint Ignatius, feeling quite confident, said: “But even before that, there was chaos, and the Lord gave creation structure and order. The Jesuits are clearly first.”
Chuckling to himself, Saint Francis agreed: “You’re right. First came Chaos!”