As Benedictines, we belong to the great company of listeners. These are they who listen to God “with the ear of the heart” (cf. RB Prologue 1). They are not only Benedictines, of course. On November 1, the Church at large celebrates the memory of all saints, all those holy people who are gathered now in God’s presence in heaven. Some of their names we know, many we don’t. Some of them we have known personally, many we have not. But they are a great glad crowd who still keep an eye on us, who are called to join them one day. On November 13, we at the Abbey celebrate a particular group within the great crowd of saints: all Benedictine saints. Of course all holy oblates who have run the course and dwell now on God’s holy mountain (RB Prologue 23) are among them! Again, some of them we have known, lived with, and love; some we have not. It is comforting to know that each of us has a place reserved for us among them, with our names spelled out in gold, or so I like to imagine. For all those who have gone before us, Benedictines or not, saints or saints-still-in-the making, we can be very grateful. For those still on the way, we can and should pray.
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