Solemnity of St Benedict

Solemnity of St Benedict

 

 

This day blessed Benedict in the presence of his brethren ascended directly from his cell toward the East into heaven; this day, his hands raised, he breathed forth his soul in prayer; this day he was received by the Angels into glory.

(Vespers Mag. Ant.)

 

 

My prayer today is for all past, present and future monks, nuns and oblates of St Benedict who seek to follow the holy rule in their lives.

Though we are “scattered far and wide,” may we be given the graces necessary through our promise of obedience, conversatio and stability, to be a people of prayer and peace.

 

The life which St Benedict wished his monks to lead was one in which full scope was to be given to the growth of supernatural motives and supernatural virtues.

It was a life to be passed in the presence of God, with every action and activity directed towards Him.

It was, therefore to be a life without distractions, a life of prayer with three chief instruments:

  • liturgical prayer
  • reading
  • work                                 
 — The Benedictines, Dom David Knowles
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Other links:
  • h/t   communio
  • things to do, the medal, Benedictine Saints and other insights

6 Comments

  1. Joyce
    Mar 21, 2013

    While it is undoubtedly difficult, I still think we as laity can strive to live the life that St. Benedict desired for his monks. May God bless you Caroline and all Benedictines on this solemnity. So glad I have you to remind me of these important feasts as, it being Lent, and me not always paging through my Magnificat as I should, I would not have known what today was without you!

    • Caroline
      Mar 22, 2013

      Joyce, This is what my Benedictine brothers tell me all the time..we can, even as laity- by the grace of God- live this promise to our oblation while being faithful to our vocational calling.
      ~ Strive ~ is the key word : )

      Actually, on the Roman calendar, St Benedict’s feast is in July…so we’ll get to do it again!
      Love and blessings +

  2. Patricia
    Mar 22, 2013

    Happy Feast Day, Caroline! What a beautiful vocation you have…and it seems to suit you so well. You radiate peace through your words, and your presence among us.

    Thanks for sharing, and I echo Joyce, about being grateful for you always updating us about the various Saints on the calendar.

    Have a blessed day, and please say a little prayer for my sister. I’ll be at the hospital with her today, as they try to get rid of that kidney stone once and for all.

    Love and blessings….xoxoxo

    • Caroline
      Mar 22, 2013

      Patricia, I will place the intentions for you and your sister on the altar when I am at Mass today.
      You are both in my heart and prayers.. All day in the hospital is no walk in the park…
      Love you and blessings +

  3. Victor S E Moubarak
    Mar 22, 2013

    I have a St Benedict medal. Amazing what all the information on the medal means.

    Thanx for this post, Caroline,

    God bless.

    • Caroline
      Mar 22, 2013

      Victor, The medal is such a powerful sacramental…If every Catholic knew what it really represented, not as a charm, but as a tool to route the old foe, we would have quite an army.

      Blessings always and thanks for stopping by.. +

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