August 13 

Hello Friend. Saint Benedict (c. 480 ? c. 547).

It is unfortunate that no contemporary biography was
written of a man who has exercised the greatest influence
on monasticism in the West. Benedict is well recognized
in the later Dialogues of Saint Gregory, but these are
sketches to illustrate miraculous elements of his career.

Benedict was born into a distinguished family in central Italy,
studied at Rome, and early in life was drawn to monasticism.
At first he became a hermit, leaving a depressing world,
pagan armies on the march, the Church torn by schism,
people suffering from war, morality at a low ebb.

He soon realized that he could not live a hidden life in a
small town any better than in a large city, so he withdrew
to a cave high in the mountains for three years.

Some monks chose Benedict as their leader for a while,
but found his strictness not to their taste. Still the shift
from hermit to community life had begun for him.
He had an idea of gathering various families of monks
into one gGrand Monasteryh to give them the benefit of
unity, fraternity, and permanent worship in one house.

Finally he began to build what was to become one of
the most famous monasteries in the worldAMonte Cassino,
commanding three narrow valleys
running toward the mountains north of Naples.

The Rule that gradually developed prescribed a life of liturgical prayer,
study, manual labor, 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.@His motto which of course
became the motto of the Benedictines is gora et laborah(Pray and Work)

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 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 of worship in the Church.

~``````` Prayer (1) by him ; Prayer (2) to him
(1) A Prayer by Saint Benedict for Seekers of Faith
"Gracious and Holy Father, give us the wisdom to discover You,
the intelligence to understand You, the diligence to seek 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. Amen."
(2) A Prayer to Saint Benedict for Protection
"Dear Saint Benedict, I thank God for showering you with His grace
to love Him above all else and to establish a monastic rule
that has helped so many of His children live full and holy lives.

Through the cross of Jesus Christ, I ask you to please intercede
that God might protect me, my loved ones, my home, property,
possessions, and workplace today and always by your holy blessing,
that we may never be separated from Jesus, Mary, and the company
of all the blessed.

Through your intercession may we be delivered from temptation,
spiritual oppression, physical ills, and the present corona pandemic.
Protect us from drug and alcohol abuse, impurity and immorality,
objectionable companions and negative attitudes. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Have a pleasant day and may God bless you.
Father Peter