Wednesday, July 11, 2007

St. Benedict's Feast Day (July 11)

St. Benedict, who lived in the sixth century, was a man who sought and loved God and made the service of God his one aim. His Rule, famed for its discretion, shows its author to have been endowed with common sense and a serious but affectionate disposition.

Half a century after St. Benedict's death, St. Augustine of Canterbury, a monk sent by St. Gregory the Great, was establishing monasteries in England to evangelize the pagan Anglo-Saxons. Throughout Europe a great company of men a women who followed St. Benedict's Rule helped to rescue western civilization from barbarian chaos and to lay its Christian foundation.

Our holy father mapped out a straight course to God, as pertinent in these days of turmoil as when he composed it in a war-torn century. The secret of his abiding spirit is the love of God and of men for God's sake, requiring a disciplined life lived by the spacious doctrine "That in all things God may be glorified." Followers of St. Benedict are known not so much by what they attempt to do, but by what, God helping them, they try to be.

(from the website of St. Gregory's Abbey, an Episcopal Benedictine monastery in Three Rivers, MI)

You can find a great article by Brother Martin of St. Gregory's Abbey on What Kind Of God Do We Really Want?

Almighty and everlasting God, your precepts are the wisdom of a loving Father: Give us grace, following the teaching and example of your servant Benedict, to walk with loving and willing hearts in the school of the Lord's service; let your ears be open to our prayers; and prosper with your blessing the work of our hands; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

You can learn more about St. Benedict and daily living here.

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