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Our Morning Offering – 13 July – O God, Be With Us By St Benedict

Our Morning Offering – 13 July – “Month of the Precious Blood” – Monday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

O God, Be With Us
By St Benedict (c 480-547)

O God,
from Whom to be turned,
is to fall,
to Whom to be turned,
is to rise,
and in Whom to stand,
is to abide forever,
grant us in all our duties,
Your help,
in all our perplexities,
Your guidance,
in all our dangers,
Your protection,
and in all our sorrows,
Your peace,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ameno god be with us by st benedict 13 july 2020

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Quote/s of the Day – 11 July – St Benedict

Quote/s of the Day – 11 July – The Memorial of St Benedict of Nursia OSB (c 480-547)

“It is time now for us to rise from sleep!”

it is time now for us to rise from sleep! st benedict 11 july 2020

“Listen and attend
with the ear of your heart.”

listen and attend with the ear of your heart st benedict 11 july 2020

“He should know,
that whoever undertakes,
the government of souls,
must prepare himself
to account for them.”

he should know that whoever undertakes the government - st benedict 11 july 2020

“There exists an evil fervour, a bitter spirit,
which divides us from God and leads us to hell.
Similarly, there is a good fervour,
which sets us apart from evil inclinations
and leads us toward God and eternal life.”

st-benedict-there-exists-an-evil-fervour-11-july-2017 and 11 juy 2020

“For at all times
we must so serve Him
with the good things He has given us,
that He may not, as an angry Father,
disinherit His children,
nor as a dread Lord, provoked by our evil deeds,
deliver us to everlasting punishment
as wicked servants who refuse
to follow Him to glory.”

for at all times we must so serve Him - st benedict 11 july 2020

“He, who labours as he prays,
lifts his heart to God,
with his hands.”

he who labours as he prays lifts his heart to god with his hands - st benedict 11 july 2020

“Run, while you have the light of life!”

More here:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/07/11/quote-s-of-the-day-11-july-st-benedict/

St Benedict (c 480-547)

run while you have the light of life! 11 july 2020 st benedict

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One Minute Reflection – 11 July – ‘… The most precious of His creatures’

One Minute Reflection – 11 July – “Month of the Precious Blood” – Saturday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year A, Readings:  Isaiah 6:1-8Psalm 93:1-25Matthew 10:24-33 and the Memorial of St Benedict of Nursia OSB (c 480-547) Patron of Europe and Founder of Western Monasticism and St Olga Queen of Kiev (c 890-969)

“Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?   Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.   Even all the hairs of your head are counted.” … Matthew 10:29-30

REFLECTION – “If God shows such a solicitous care even for things of modest value (grass and flowers, for example), how can He forget you, that you are the most excellent of His creatures?   Why then did He create such beautiful things?   To manifest His wisdom and the greatness of His power, so that we might know all His glory.

Not only the heavens narrate the glory of God (Ps 18,2) but also the earth, as David points out, when he sang:   Praise the Lord, fruit trees and all cedars (Ps 148,9).   In fact, some creatures praise the Creator with their fruits, others with their greatness, still others with their beauty.

Another demonstration of the great wisdom and power of God resides in the fact that He adorns even the most vile objects of such beauty (what is, in fact, more vile than what exists today but tomorrow will no longer be?)   If, then, God has also given hay to what was not necessary at all (what good is it, in fact, it’s beauty?   To feed the fire?) how can He not give you what you need?   If the Lord has generously decorated the most vile thing of all and not for some purpose but only for beauty, much more He will honour you, the most precious of His creatures, in those things that are necessary to you. ” … St John Chrysostom (347-407) Father and Doctor of the Church – Commentary on the Gospel of St Matthew, 22.1matthew 10 29-30 are not two sparrows sold - if the Lord has decorated ...how much more He will honour you - st john chrysostom 11 july 2020

PRAYER – Loving Father, grant me to have a true fervour in Your service.   Let me never tire of following Your Son’s example and avoiding evil.   Teach me to reside in total peace in Your wisdom and power and thus to trust You above all.   Grant that by the intercession of St Benedict and St Olga, we may grow in holiness and attain our eternal home with You.   We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.st-benedict-pray-for-us-11-july-2017-3

st olga of kiev pray for us 11 july 2020

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Memorials of the Saints – 11 July

St Benedict of Nursia OSB (c 480-547) (Memorial) Patron of Europe and Founder of Western Monasticism

St Benedict, His Medal, His Monastery:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/07/11/saint-of-the-day-11-july-st-benedict-of-nursia-osb-c-480-547-patron-of-europe-and-founder-of-western-monasticism/

And more here:
https://anastpaul.com/2017/07/11/saint-of-the-day-11-july-st-benedict-of-nursia-o-s-b-abbot-patron-of-europe-patronus-europae/

St Abundius of Ananelos
St Amabilis of Rouen
St Anna An Jiaoshi
St Anna An Xingshi
Bl Antonio Muller
St Berthevin of Lisieux
St Cindeus
St Cowair
St Cyprian of Brescia
St Cyriacus the Executioner
St Hidulf of Moyenmoutier
St Januarius
St John of Bergamo
Bl Kjeld of Viborg
St Leontius the Younger
St Marcian of Lycaonia
St Marciana of Caesarea
Maria An Guoshi
Maria An Linghua
Bl Marie-Clotilde Blanc
Bl Marie-Elisabeth Pélissier
Bl Marie-Marguerite de Barbégie d’Albrède
St Olga Queen of Kiev (c 890-969)
St Pelagia
St Pius I, Pope
St Placid of Dissentis
Bl Rosalie-Clotilde Bes
St Sabinus of Brescia
St Sabinus of Poitiers
St Sidronius
St Sigisbert of Dissentis
Bl Thomas Hunt
Bl Thomas Sprott
St Thurketyl
Blessed Valeriu Traian Frentiu (1875-1952) Martyr
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/07/11/saint-of-the-day-blessed-valeriu-traian-frentiu-1875-1952-bishop-and-martyr/

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Quote/s of the Day – 10 June – “Freely you have received, freely you are to give.”

Quote/s of the Day – 10 June – Thursday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time, Year A, Readings: Acts: 11:21b-26; 12:1-3, Psalm 98(97),1.2-3ab.3cd-4.5-6, Matthew 10:7-13 and the Memorial of St Barnabas, Apostle of Christ

“Freely you have received,
freely you are to give.”

Matthew 10:8 (DR)

matthew 10 8 freely you have received freely give 11 june 2020

“So everyone who acknowledges me before men,
I also will acknowledge before my Father,
who is in heaven…”

Matthew 10:32

matthew-10-32-so-everyone-who-acknowledges-me-13-july-2019 and 27 nov 2019

“Pray as though everything depended on God.
Work as though everything depended on you.”

St Augustine (354-430)
Father & Doctor of the Church

pray as though - st augustine - speaking of seeking sainthood - 11 june 2018

“He should first
show them,
in deeds,
rather than words,
all that is good and holy.”

St Benedict (c 480-547)

show them in deeds - st benedict - 11 july 2019

“Someone who truly follows the Lord
wants everyone to follow Him,
which is why he turns to his neighbour
with kind attentions, prayers
and proclamation of the Gospel.
… Jesus loves the one who follows Him.”

St Anthony of Padua (1195-1231)
Evangelical Doctor

someone who truly follows the lord wants everyone to follow him - st anthony of padua 11 june 2020

“Teach us to give
and not to count the cost.”

teach us to give and not to count the cost - st ignatius 1 jan 2019

“It is not hard to obey
when we love the one,
whom we obey.”

St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

it is not hard - st ignatius - 11 june 2018 - seeking sainthood

“Christ has no body on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which, the compassion of Christ, looks out to the world.
Yours are the feet,
with which, He is to go about doing good.
Yours are the hands,
with which, He is to bless others now.”

St Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
Doctor of the Church

christ has o body on earth but yours no hands but yours -st teresa of avila 11 june 2020

“Let us renew our faith in Him
and put all our hope in His promises!
… Working to enrich … society and culture
with the beauty and truth of the Gospel
and never losing sight of that great hope
which gives meaning and value
to all the other hopes which inspire our lives.”

Pope Benedict XVI

john-14-12-whoever-believes-in-me-let-us-renew-our-faith-pope-benedict-10-may-2020 and 11 june 2020

“God will put someone in your path today
who doesn’t necessarily need you…
but who desperately needs Christ in you.”

Mark Hart

Executive Vice President for Life Teen International.

god will put someone in your path today-mark hart 18 april 2020

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Thought for the Day – 11 July – “O God, Be With Us”

Thought for the Day – 11 July – The Memorial of St Benedict of Nursia OSB (c 480-547)

Benedict’s name means “blessed.”   His most famous monastery, Monte Cassino, has been destroyed and rebuilt three times.   His monks follow the motto Ora et labora, which means “Pray and work.”

It is unfortunate that no contemporary biography has been written of a man who has exercised the greatest influence on monasticism in the West.   Benedict is well recognised in the later Dialogues of Saint Gregory but these are sketches to illustrate miraculous elements of his career.   Pope Benedict did a great Catechesis on him, excerpt here and at the end, is a link to the Rule:   https://anastpaul.com/2018/07/11/thought-for-the-day-11-july-the-memorial-of-st-benedict-of-nursia-osb-c-480-547/

The Rule that gradually developed prescribed a life of liturgical prayer, study, manual labour and living together in community under a common abbot.   Benedictine asceticism is known for its moderation and Benedictine charity has always shown concern for the people in the surrounding countryside.   In the course of the Middle Ages, all monasticism in the West was gradually brought under the Rule of St Benedict.

Today the Benedictine family is represented by two branches:  the Benedictine Federation encompassing the men and women of the Order of St Benedict and the Cistercians, men and women of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance.

The Church has been greatly blessed through Benedictine devotion to the liturgy, not only in its actual celebration with rich and proper ceremony in the great abbeys but also through the scholarly studies of many of its members.   Liturgy is sometimes confused with guitars or choirs, Latin or Bach.   We should be grateful to those who both preserve and adapt the genuine tradition in the Church, our great act of worship!

O God, Be With Us
St Benedict (c 480-547)

O God,
from Whom to be turned,
is to fall,
to Whom to be turned,
is to rise,
and in Whom to stand,
is to abide forever,
grant us in all our duties,
Your help,
in all our perplexities,
Your guidance,
in all our dangers,
Your protection,
and in all our sorrows,
Your peace,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ameno-god-from-whom-to-be-turned-is-to-fall-st-benedict-11-july-2018

St Benedict, Pray for Europe, Pray for the Church, Pray for Us all!st-benedict-pray-for-us-11-july-2017-3.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 11 July – St Benedict

Quote/s of the Day – 11 July – The Memorial of St Benedict of Nursia OSB (c 480-547)

“Ora et labora.”ora et labora st benedict pray and work - 11 july 2019.jpg

“Before all
and above all,
attention shall be paid
to the care of the sick,
so that they shall be served,
as if they were Christ Himself.”before-all-and-above-all-st-benedict-11-july-2018.jpg

“Be careful to be gentle,
lest in removing the rust,
you break the whole instrument.”becareful-to-be-gentle-st-benedict-11-july-2019.jpg

“He should first
show them,
in deeds,
rather than words,
all that is good and holy.”show them in deeds - st benedict - 11 july 2019.jpg

“Let them put
Christ
before all else
and may He lead us all,
to everlasting life.”

St Benedict (c 480-547)put christ before all else - st benedict 11 july 2019.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 11 July – “Without cost you have received…”

One Minute Reflection – 11 July – Thursday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Matthew 10:7–15 and the Memorial of St Benedict and Bl Valeriu Traian Frentiu (1875-1952)

“Without cost you have received,
without cost you are to give.”…Matthew 10:8

REFLECTION – “To undertake the discipleship of Jesus means to take up your cross — we all have one — to accompany Him on His path, an uncomfortable path that is not of success or of fleeting glory but one which takes us to true freedom, to that which frees us from selfishness and sin.   It is necessary to clearly reject that worldly mentality which places one’s “I” and one’s own interests at the centre of existence.   That is not what Jesus wants from us!   Instead Jesus invites us to lose our life for Him and for the Gospel, to receive it renewed, fulfilled and authentic.   We are certain, thanks to Jesus, that this path leads us to the resurrection, to the full and definitive life with God.   Choosing to follow Him, our Master and Lord who made Himself the Servant of all, one to walk behind and to listen attentively to His Word — remember to read a passage from the Gospel every day — and in the Sacraments.”… Pope Francis (Angelus, 13 September 2015)matthew 10 8 without cost you have received - it is necessary to clearly reject - pope francis 11 july 2019.jpg

PRAYER – Lord God, You appointed St Benedict to be a wise master in the school of Your service, give us the grace to put Your love before all else and so to run with joy in the way of Your commandments.   Listen we pray to the intercession of St Benedict as we ask him for his prayers.   Through Christ our Lord and the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.st benedict pray for us 11 july 2019.jpg

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Thought for the Day – 11 July – The Memorial of St Benedict of Nursia OSB (c 480-547)

Thought for the Day – 11 July – The Memorial of St Benedict of Nursia OSB (c 480-547)

Excerpt from the Homily of Pope Benedict

General Audience, 9 April 2008

“Today, I would like to speak about Benedict, the Founder of Western Monasticism and also the Patron of my Pontificate.

I begin with words that St Gregory the Great wrote about St Benedict:  “The man of God who shone on this earth among so many miracles was just as brilliant in the eloquent exposition of his teaching” (cf. Dialogues II, 36).   The great Pope wrote these words in 592 AD.   The holy monk, who had died barely 50 years earlier, lived on in people’s memories and especially in the flourishing religious Order he had founded.   St Benedict of Nursia/Norcia, with his life and his work, had a fundamental influence on the development of European civilisation and culture.   The most important source on Benedict’s life is the second book of St Gregory the Great’s Dialogues.   It is not a biography in the classical sense.   In accordance with the ideas of his time, by giving the example of a real man – St Benedict, in this case – Gregory wished to illustrate the ascent to the peak of contemplation which can be achieved by those who abandon themselves to God.   He therefore gives us a model for human life in the climb towards the summit of perfection.   St Gregory the Great also tells in this book of the Dialogues of many miracles worked by the Saint and here too he does not merely wish to recount something curious but rather to show how God, by admonishing, helping and even punishing, intervenes in the practical situations of man’s life.   Gregory’s aim was to demonstrate that God is not a distant hypothesis placed at the origin of the world but is present in the life of man, of every man.

Throughout the second book of his Dialogues, Gregory shows us how St Benedict’s life was steeped in an atmosphere of prayer, the foundation of his existence.   Without prayer there is no experience of God.   Yet Benedict’s spirituality was not an interiority removed from reality.   In the anxiety and confusion of his day, he lived under God’s gaze and in this very way never lost sight of the duties of daily life and of man with his practical needs.   Seeing God, he understood the reality of man and his mission.   In his Rule he describes monastic life as “a school for the service of the Lord” (Prol. 45) and advises his monks, “let nothing be preferred to the Work of God” [that is, the Divine Office or the Liturgy of the Hours] (43, 3).

However, Benedict states that in the first place prayer is an act of listening (Prol. 9-11), which must then be expressed in action.   “The Lord is waiting every day for us to respond to his holy admonitions by our deeds” (Prol. 35).   Thus, the monk’s life becomes a fruitful symbiosis between action and contemplation, “so that God may be glorified in all things” (57, 9).   In contrast with a facile and egocentric self-fulfilment, today often exalted, the first and indispensable commitment of a disciple of St Benedict is the sincere search for God (58, 7) on the path mapped out by the humble and obedient Christ (5, 13), whose love he must put before all else (4, 21; 72, 11) and in this way, in the service of the other, he becomes a man of service and peace  . In the exercise of obedience practised by faith inspired by love (5, 2), the monk achieves humility (5, 1), to which the Rule dedicates an entire chapter (7).   In this way, man conforms ever more to Christ and attains true self-fulfilment as a creature in the image and likeness of God.

Benedict describes the Rule he wrote as “minimal, just an initial outline” (cf. 73, 8);  in fact, however, he offers useful guidelines not only for monks but for all who seek guidance on their journey toward God.   For its moderation, humanity and sober discernment between the essential and the secondary in spiritual life, his Rule has retained its illuminating power even to today.

By proclaiming St Benedict Patron of Europe on 24 October 1964, Paul VI intended to recognise the marvellous work the Saint achieved with his Rule for the formation of the civilisation and culture of Europe.

Having recently emerged from a century that was deeply wounded by two World Wars and the collapse of the great ideologies, now revealed as tragic utopias, Europe today is in search of its own identity.   Of course, in order to create new and lasting unity, political, economic and juridical instruments are important, but it is also necessary to awaken an ethical and spiritual renewal which draws on the Christian roots of the Continent, otherwise a new Europe cannot be built.   Without this vital sap, man is exposed to the danger of succumbing to the ancient temptation of seeking to redeem himself by himself – a utopia which in different ways, in 20th-century Europe, as Pope John Paul II pointed out, has caused “a regression without precedent in the tormented history of humanity” (Address to the Pontifical Council for Culture, 12 January 1990).

Today, in seeking true progress, let us also listen to the Rule of St Benedict as a guiding light on our journey.   The great monk is still a true master at whose school we can learn to become proficient in true humanism.

Here is a PDF of the Rule for downloading:  http://www.documentacatholicaomnia.eu/03d/0480-0547,_Benedictus_Nursinus,_Regola,_EN.pdf

St Benedict, Pray for Europe, Pray for the World,

Pray for the Church, Pray for us all!st-benedict-pray-for-us-11 july 2017 - 3

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Quote/s of the Day – 11 July – The Memorial of St Benedict of Nursia OSB (c 480-547)

Quote/s of the Day – 11 July – The Memorial of St Benedict of Nursia OSB (c 480-547)

“Ora et labora.”ora et labora - st benedict - 11 july 2018

“Be careful to be gentle,
lest in removing the rust,
you break the whole instrument.”becareful-to-be-gentle-st-benedict-11 july 2017

“He should first show them,
in deeds,
rather than words,
all that is good and holy.”first show them in deeds - 11 july 2018

“Before all
and above all,
attention shall be paid
to the care of the sick,
so that they shall be served,
as if they were Christ Himself.”before all and above all - st benedict - 11 july 2018

“He who labours as he prays,
lifts his heart to God with his hands.”

“Whenever you begin any good work,
you should first of all,
make a most pressing appeal
to Christ our Lord,
to bring it to perfection.”

St Benedict of Nursia (c 480-547)he-who-labours-as-he-prays-st-benedict-11 july 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 11 July – The Memorial of St Benedict of Nursia OSB (c 480-547)

One Minute Reflection – 11 July – The Memorial of St Benedict of Nursia OSB (c 480-547)

Do not grow slack but be fervent in spirit; he whom you serve is the Lord…….Romans 12:11romans-12-11- 11 july 2017

REFLECTION – “There exists an evil fervour, a bitter spirit, which divides us from God and leads us to hell.   Similarly, there is a good fervour, which sets us apart from evil inclinations and leads us toward God and eternal life.”…St Benedictst-benedict-there-exists-an-evil-fervour- 11 july 2017

PRAYER – Loving Father, grant me to have a true fervour in Your service.   Let me never tire of following Your Son’s example and avoiding evil.   Grant that by the intercession of St Benedict, we may grow in holiness and attain our eternal home with You.   We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.st-benedict-pray-for-us-11 july 2017 -2

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Our Morning Offering – 11 July – St Benedict of Nursia OSB (c 480-547)

Our Morning Offering – 11 July – St Benedict of Nursia OSB (c 480-547)

O God, Be With Us
St Benedict (c480-547)

O God,
from Whom to be turned, is to fall,
to Whom to be turned, is to rise,
and in Whom to stand, is to abide forever,
grant us in all our duties, Your help,
in all our perplexities, Your guidance,
in all our dangers, Your protection,
and in all our sorrows, Your peace,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ameno god from whom to be turned is to fall - st benedict - 11 july 2018

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Saint of the Day – 11 July – St Benedict of Nursia OSB (c 480-547) Patron of Europe and Founder of Western Monasticism

Saint of the Day – 11 July – St Benedict of Nursia OSB (c 480-547) Patron of Europe and Founder of Western Monasticism.   Some of his many Patronages – Against Poison, Against Witchcraft, Agriculture, Cavers, Civil Engineers, Coppersmiths, Dying People, Farmers, Fevers, Inflammatory Diseases, Kidney Disease, Monks, Religious Orders, Schoolchildren, Temptations.BenedictinosSaint_Bendict_of_Nurcia

St Benedict founded twelve communities for monks about 40 miles east of Rome, before moving to Monte Cassino, in the mountains of southern Italy.   St Benedict’s main achievement is his “Rule”, containing precepts for his monks.    The unique spirit of balance, moderation and reasonableness influences it and this persuaded most religious communities founded throughout Middle Ages, to adopt it.    As a result, the Rule of St Benedict became one of the most influential religious rules in western Christendom.    For this reason, Benedict is often called the “founder” of western Christian Monasticism. Heiligenkreuz.St._Benedict

St Benedict is the twin brother of St Scholastica and is considered patron of many things.    He was born in Nursia, Italy and educated in Rome.Scholastica-and-Benedictmy snip - benedict and scholastica - domenico corvi 1721-1803

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St Benedict and hisd twin sister, St Scholastica

He was repelled by the vices of the city and around 500, fled to Enfide – thirty miles away.    He decided to live the life of a hermit and lived in a cave for three years.    Despite Benedict’s desire for solitude, his holiness became known and he was asked to be the Abbot by a community of monks at Vicovaro.    He accepted but when the monks resisted his strict rule and tried to poison him, he returned to Subiaco and became a centre of spirituality and learning. champaigne_philippe_dezzzscene_from_the_life_of_st_benedict-_the_poisoned_cup_of_wine

st benedict and the cup of poison
St Benedict and the Cup of Poison

He eventually moved back to Monte Cassino and destroyed a temple to Apollo on its crest and brought the people of the neighbouring area back to Christianity.    In 530 he began to build the monastery that was to be the birthplace of western monasticism.  data=dfJwSHpr2UU2dqoWYuGhCM6f93gIUaI8nJa4qy1CkuUIECsLTKt97nBY-VhQhXiVd_QY-L05N6sf2u3rW46w2dOiTQnblInFmXtgNjvDhRy3fFbi1V8nbtijMOtdHPafZzrH1YTVpMw1z2hkH7TuHn4S98gGrYdfEAmGGjSfyVFG-Zr-PNRk8

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Monte Cassino in ruins after Allied bombing in February 1944.
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Rebuilt Abbey

Soon, disciples again flocked to him as his reputation for holiness, wisdom and miracles spread far and wide.    It wasn’t long and he organised his monks into a single monastic community and wrote his official Rule, prescribing common sense, a life of moderate asceticism, prayer, study, work and community under one superior.    It stressed obedience, stability, zeal and had the Divine Office as the centre of monastic life.    While ruling his monks, most of whom – including Benedict, were not ordained, he counselled rulers and Popes and ministered to the poor and destitute.    He died at Monte Cassino on 21 March 547 and was named patron protector of Europe by Pope Paul VI in 1964.    The Universal Church celebrates his feast day today. San_Benedetto_da_Norcia_ABst benedict and monks

The St Benedict medal is very popular among Christians to this day and are hung above doors and windows, for protection against evil.    It is believed that evil cannot enter your house if you protect every opening with a St Benedict medal and Crucifix.    The medal has an image of St Benedict, holding the Holy Rule in his left hand and a cross in his right.    There is a raven on one side of him, with a cup on the other side.    Around the medal’s outer margin are the words “Eius in obitu nostro praesentia muniamur” – “May we, at our death, be fortified by His presence”.   The other side of the medal has a cross with the initials CSSML on the vertical bar which signify “Crux Sacra Sit Mihi Lux” “May the Holy Cross be my light” and on the horizontal bar are the initials NDSMD which stand for “Non Draco Sit Mihi Dux” “Let not the dragon be my overlord”.   The initials CSPB stand for “Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti” “The Cross of the Holy Father Benedict” and are located on the interior angles of the cross.   Either the inscription “PAX” Peace or the Christogram “HIS” may be found at the top of the cross in most cases.   Around the medal’s margin on this side are the initials VRSNSMV which stand for “Vade Retro Satana, Nonquam Suade Mihi Vana” ”Begone Satan, do not suggest to me thy vanities” then a space followed by the initials SMQLIVB which signify “Sunt Mala Quae Libas, Ipse Venena Bibas” “Evil are the things thou profferest, drink thou thy own poison”.st benedict medalst benedict medal 2st benedict crucifix and medal

The Medal of St Benedict can serve as a constant reminder of the need for us to take up our cross daily and “follow the true King, Christ our Lord,” and thus learn “to share in his heavenly kingdom,” as St. Benedict urges us in the Prologue of his Rule.

More on St Benedict, his Rule and the Medal here:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/saint-of-the-day-11-july-st-benedict-of-nursia-o-s-b-abbot-patron-of-europe-patronus-europae/saint-benedict-nursia-munsterschwarzach-germany-83888371768px-Einsiedeln_-_St._Benedikt_2013-01-26_13-50-02_(P7700)

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One Minute Reflection – 12 February – The Memorial of St Julian the Hospitaller (unknown date of birth and death)

One Minute Reflection – 12 February – The Memorial of St Julian the Hospitaller (unknown date of birth and death)

I was ill and you comforted me…..
As often as you did it for one
of my least brothers, you did it for me…….Matthew 25:26,40matthew-25-36,40-2017

REFLECTION – “Before all things and above all things, care must be taken of the sick. They must be served in every deed as Christ Himself.”…………….St Benedictbefore-all-things-and-above-all-things-stbenedict-12 feb 2017

PRAYER – Jesus, infinite Healer, teach me to visit and comfort the sick.   Help me always to see You in them and not count the cost. St Julian, you were a perfect example of giving your utmost love to the sick, please pray for us, amen!st julian the hospitaller - pray for us - 12 feb 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 10 February – The Memorial of St Scholastica (c 480-543), the Twin Sister of St Benedict (480-547)

Our Morning Offering – 10 February – The Memorial of St Scholastica (c 480-543), the Twin Sister of St Benedict (480-547)

Father, in Your Goodness, Grant Me ….
St Benedict

Father, in Your goodness,
grant me
the intellect to comprehend You,
the perception to discern You,
and the reason to appreciate You.
In Your kindness
endow me with
the diligence to look for You,
the wisdom to discover You
and the spirit to apprehend You.
In Your graciousness
bestow on me
a heart to contemplate You,
ears to hear You,
eyes to see You,
and a tongue to speak of You.
In Your mercy confer on me
a conversation pleasing to You,
the patience to wait for You,
and the perseverance to long for You.
Grant me a perfect end,
Your holy presence.
Amen.father, in your goodness, grant me - st benedict - 10 feb 2018 memorial of st scholastica

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Our Morning Offering – 5 February

Our Morning Offering – 5 February

Morning Prayer
St Benedict (480-547)

Gracious and Holy Father,
give us the wisdom
to discover You,
the intelligence
to understand You,
the diligence
to seek after You,
the patience
to wait for You,
eyes to behold You,
a heart
to meditate upon You,
and a life
to proclaim You,
through the power
of the Spirit of Jesus, our Lord.
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Thought for the Day – 11 July

Thought for the Day – 11 July

Seeking God is not the activity only of monks and nuns in monasteries.   Rather, it is the task given to all of the baptised.   And while most of us will not enter monastic life, there is an “inner monk” within us that compels us to seek God in our individual vocations and lives, whether as a diocesan priest, as principal of a high school, as members of families, married or single.   Seeking God takes place in the here and now, in this situation, with these people, in this family, this workplace, this school and in this time.   It is not only for those holy monks;  it is for me!   In his Rule, St. Benedict gives the world the roadmap to seeking God.   Prayer, work, obedience, simplicity of life and stability help monks seek God;  adapted, they can help the rest of us, too.

The monastic day is bookmarked by prayer early in the morning and in the evening, along with several moments of communal prayer throughout the day.   For anyone seeking God, prayer has to become the primary activity of the day.   It cannot be put aside for “more pressing” matters.   Prayer is the first priority of one’s day and all other activities of work, home and family work around it.   Monks pray the Liturgy of the Hours seven times a day, which lay people can also pray if they so desire.   However one prays, time with the Lord is a necessary component in seeking Him.   The Eucharist is the heart of prayer and anyone seriously seeking God ought to consider it a daily practice, if possible.   It is in those moments of spending time with the Lord that the person will detect His presence in his heart and soul.

Prayer, work, obedience, stability and simplicity of life marks the life of monks.   In developing the “inner monk” within you, take what you can from the monastic lifestyle to find God in your life…………Msgr. Bernard Bourgeois

St Benedict, Pray for us!

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Quote/s of the Day – 11 July

Quote/s of the Day – 11 July

“Be careful to be gentle, lest in removing the rust, you break the whole instrument.”

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“He who labours as he prays,
lifts his heart to God with his hands.”

“Whenever you begin any good work
you should first of all,
make a most pressing appeal
to Christ our Lord to bring it to perfection.”

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One Minute Reflection – 11 July

One Minute Reflection – 11 July

Do not grow slack but be fervent in spirit; he whom you serve is the Lord…….Romans 12:11

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REFLECTION – “There exists an evil fervour, a bitter spirit, which divides us from God and leads us to hell.
Similarly, there is a good fervour, which sets us apart from evil inclinations and leads us toward God and eternal life.”

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PRAYER – Loving Father, grant me to have a true fervour in Your service. Let me never tire of following Your Son’s example and avoiding evil. St Benedict, pray for us! Amen

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Our Morning Offering – 11 July

Our Morning Offering – 11 July

Bestow upon me, O Gracious Father
Prayer of St Benedict of Nursia

Bestow upon me,
O gracious, O Holy Father
intellect to understand You,
perceptions to perceive You purely,
reason to discern You,
diligence to see You,
wisdom to find You,
a spirit to know You,
a heart to meditate upon You,
ears to hear You,
eyes to behold You,
a tongue to proclaim You,
a conversation pleasing to You,
patience to wait for You
and perseverance to look for You.
Grant me a perfect end –
Your holy Presence.
Grant me a blessed resurrection
and Your recompense –
everlasting life. Amen

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Thought for the Day – 10 February

Thought for the Day – 10 February

Twins often share the same interests and ideas with an equal intensity.   Therefore, it is no surprise that Scholastica and her twin brother, Benedict, established religious communities within a few miles from each other.   Scholastica and Benedict gave themselves totally to God and gave top priority to deepening their friendship with him through prayer.   They sacrificed some of the opportunities they would have had to be together as brother and sister in order better to fulfill their vocation to the religious life.   In coming closer to Christ, however, they found they were also closer to each other.   In joining a religious community, they did not forget or forsake their family but rather found more brothers and sisters, though never forgetting each other.   The lesson – work hard to maintain the joy of the family be gentle, kind, patient, generous, thoughtful – pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit!

St Scholastica Pray for us!

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One Minute Reflection – 10 February

One Minute Reflection – 10 February

In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…..Galatians 5:22-23

REFLECTION – “Be careful to be gentle, lest in removing the rust, you break the whole instrument.”……………St Benedict

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, help me to curb my impatience no matter the circumstances. Teach me to remain calm and gentle and to strive to return good for evil in all inflammatory situations. St Scholastica and St Benedict pray for us, amen.

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Saint of the Day -10 February – St Scholastica

Saint of the Day -10 February – St Scholastica Virgin and Religious – (c482-547) Patron of school; tests; books; reading; convulsive children; nuns; invoked against storms, lightening and rain; City of Le Mans.

Scholastica was born in 480 in Nursia, Umbria, of wealthy parents and according to Gregory the Great’s Dialogues, was dedicated to God from a young age.   She and her twin brother Benedict were brought up together until the time he left to pursue studies in Rome.

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A young Roman woman of Scholastica’s class and time would likely have remained in her father’s house until marriage (likely arranged) or entry into religious life.   But wealthy women could inherit property, divorce and were generally literate.   On occasion several young women would live together in a household and form a religious community.

Benedictine tradition holds that Scholastica lived in a convent at Plumbariola about five miles from Monte Cassino and that this was the first “Benedictine” convent.   However, it has been suggested that it is more likely that she lived in a hermitage with one or two other religious women in a cluster of houses at the base of Mount Cassino where there is an ancient church named after her.   Ruth Clifford Engs notes that since Dialogues indicates that Scholastica was dedicated to God at an early age, perhaps she lived in her father’s house with other religious women until his death and then moved nearer to Benedict.

The most commonly told story about her is that she would, once a year, go and visit her brother at a place near his abbey and they would spend the day worshiping together and discussing sacred texts and issues.

One day they had supper and continued their conversation.   When Benedict indicated it was time for him to leave, perhaps sensing the time of her death was drawing near, Scholastica asked him to stay with her for the evening so they could continue their discussions.   Not wishing to break his own Rule, Benedict refused, insisting that he needed to return to his cell.   At that point, Scholastica closed her hands in prayer and after a moment, a wild storm started outside of the guest house in which they were housed.   Benedict asked, “God forgive you, Sister.What have you done?”, to which she replied, “I asked you and you would not listen; so I asked my God and He did listen. So now go off, if you can, leave me and return to your monastery.”   Benedict was unable to return to his monastery, and they spent the night in discussion.

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According to Gregory’s Dialogues, three days later, from his cell, he saw his sister’s soul leaving the earth and ascending to heaven in the form of a shining white dove.   Benedict had her body brought to his monastery, where he caused it to be laid in the tomb which he had prepared for himself.