Today the Benedictine world celebrates the memory of Our Holy Father Benedict. He appears on the daily Catholic liturgical calendar as an optional memorial, but for us here at the Abbey, this day is a solemnity. We invite you to join us in spirit as we give thanks for St. Benedict, for his Rule, for his wisdom, and for his constant care for all of us who live under his tutelage and patronage, both monastics and oblates.
Note 1:Note that in RB 19, St, Benedict does speak about praying with humility and brevity:” 2How much more important, then, to lay our petitions before the Lord God of all things with the utmost humility and sincere devotion. 3We must know that God regards our purity of heart and tears of compunction, not our many words. 4Prayer should therefore be short and pure, unless perhaps it is prolonged under the inspiration of divine grace. 5In community, however, prayer should always be brief; and when the superior gives the signal, all should rise together.” The phrasing suggests he is referring primarily to prayers of petition.
Note 2: Annotated editions of the Rule such as the large red RB1980 provide references to the many works upon which St. Benedict seems to have drawn.
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