Feast of St Benedict

Proverbs 2:1-9; Psalm 33(34):2-11; Matthew 19:27-29

L I S T E N  carefully, my child,
to your master's precepts,
and incline the ear of your heart (Prov. 4:20).
Receive willingly and carry out effectively
your loving father's advice,
that by the labor of obedience
you may return to Him
from whom you had departed by the sloth of disobedience.

To you, therefore, my words are now addressed,
whoever you may be,
who are renouncing your own will
to do battle under the Lord Christ, the true King,
and are taking up the strong, bright weapons of obedience.

And first of all,
whatever good work you begin to do,
beg of Him with most earnest prayer to perfect it,
that He who has now deigned to count us among His children
may not at any time be grieved by our evil deeds.
For we must always so serve Him
with the good things He has given us,
that He will never as an angry Father disinherit His children,
nor ever as a dread Lord, provoked by our evil actions,
deliver us to everlasting punishment
as wicked servants who would not follow Him to glory.

With these words begins the great Rule of St Benedict, upon which have been built successful communities that have endured for generation after generation. Indeed, the underlying principles have also shaped western society, so profoundly wise are they. Therefore Benedict is Patron of Europe.

Benedictine communities after the Bible, place the rule as so important that they read it in sections, data by day, the whole rule being read three times in a year. This practice is commendable and also easy to do: follow the link below to find the section of the rule to be read today.

http://archive.osb.org/rb/show.asp?mode=today

Posted in Daily Reflection.