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Feast of St. Benedict

July 11 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Born in Norcia, Italy circa 480 AD, St. Benedict eventually traveled to Rome to broaden his learning of literature and law. However, after only a brief time there, he left for the remote town Affile to escape the secularism and schism of the Church. St. Benedict’s first miracle occurred in Affile when he “restored[ed] to perfect condition an earthenware wheat sifter which his man-servant had accidentally broken” which resulted in him withdrawing further from society. He moved into a cave where he became a hermit, having little contact with humanity, except for some Shepherds he befriended and the monk Romanus, whom he gained his monk habits from.

Having the greatest influence on monasticism in the West, St. Benedict founded 12 monasteries, assigning a monk to each. He then founded a 13th for those who needed education. Years later, between 525 and 529 AD, St. Benedict founded the Abbey of Montecassino which would later become the most famous abbey in continental Europe. There, he built a chapel dedicated to St. John the Baptist, replacing the pagan temple of Apollo.

The Benedictine family today consists of two branches: the Benedictine Federation and the Cistercians. Today, we remember St. Benedict’s devotion to the Church and spreading the liturgy.

Prayer of Saint Benedict

O Lord, I place myself in your hands and dedicate myself to you. I pledge myself to do your will in all things: To love the Lord God with all my heart, all my soul, all my strength. Not to kill. Not to steal. Not to covet. Not to bear false witness. To honor all persons. Not to do to another what I would not wish done to myself. To chastise the body. Not to seek after pleasures. To love fasting. To relieve the poor. To clothe the naked. To visit the sick. To bury the dead. To help in trouble. To console the sorrowing. To hold myself aloof from worldly ways. To prefer nothing to the love of Christ. Not to give way to anger. Not to foster a desire for revenge. Not to entertain deceit in the heart. Not to make a false peace. Not to forsake charity. Not to swear, lest I swear falsely. To speak the truth with heart and tongue. Not to return evil for evil. To do no injury: yea, even to bear patiently any injury done to me. To love my enemies. Not to curse those who curse me, but rather to bless them. To bear persecution for justice’ sake. Not to be proud. Not to be given to intoxicating drink. Not to be an over-eater. Not to be lazy. Not to be slothful. Not to be a murmured. Not to be a detractor. To put my trust in God. To refer the good I see in myself to God. To refer any evil in myself to myself. To fear the Day of Judgment. To be in dread of hell. To desire eternal life with spiritual longing. To keep death before my eyes daily. To keep constant watch over my actions. To remember that God sees me everywhere. To call upon Christ for defense against evil thoughts that arises in my heart. To guard my tongue against wicked speech. To avoid much speaking. To avoid idle talk. To read only what is good to read. To look at only what is good to see. To pray often. To ask forgiveness daily for my sins, and to seek ways to amend my life. To obey my superiors in all things rightful. Not to desire to be thought holy, but to seek holiness. To fulfill the commandments of God by good works. To love chastity. To hate no one. Not to be jealous or envious of anyone. Not to love strife. Not to love pride. To honor the aged. To pray for my enemies. To make peace after a quarrel, before the setting of the sun. Never to despair of your mercy, O God of Mercy. Amen.



July 11
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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