Saint Days: Benedict, Abbot
St. Benedict lived from 480-543. He was born in Nursia (modern day Norcia). He left home around age 20 to get away from Rome and ended up becoming a hermit for three years. Through the time of his hermit life, he greatly matured spiritually and developed a reputation for his ascetic lifestyle. As a result, he was asked to be the abbot of a local monastery. He ended up establishing 12 monasteries and developed The Rule of St. Benedict, a work which led to him becoming known as the father of western monasticism. His rule centers around ora et labora, prayer and work.
St. Benedict has a special place in our parish. Fr. Jim and one of our parishioners are professed Benedictines in the Company of Jesus.
Let us remember St. Benedict in our prayers today:
O God, whose blessed Son became poor that we through his poverty might be rich: Deliver us from an inordinate love of this world, that we, inspired by the devotion of your servant St. Benedict may serve you with singleness of heart, and attain to the riches of the age to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.