St. Benedict, founder of The Rule we follow
Today is the Feast of St. Benedict, honoring the man who founded the Benedictine order 1,500 years ago.
While St. Benedict’s legacy began so long ago, with humble origins, his zest for the Lord and a monastic life is still pursued today by those called to the same life. One of prayer, one of dedication and one of obedience.
He tells us to ‘Listen with the ear of your heart.’ Because only in silence, in contemplation, can we hear what the Lord is telling us. It is in those moments of quiet solitude that he speaks the loudest.
The Rule of St. Benedict, Prologue:
Listen carefully, my child, to your master’s precepts, and incline the ear of your heart (Prov. 4:20).
Receive willingly and carry out effectively your loving father’s advice, that by the labor of obedience you may return to Him from whom you had departed by the sloth of disobedience.
To you, therefore, my words are now addressed, whoever you may be, who are renouncing your own will to do battle under the Lord Christ, the true King, and are taking up the strong, bright weapons of obedience.
And first of all, whatever good work you begin to do, beg of Him with most earnest prayer to perfect it, that He who has now deigned to count us among His children may not at any time be grieved by our evil deeds. For we must always so serve Him with the good things He has given us, that He will never as an angry Father disinherit His children, nor ever as a dread Lord, provoked by our evil actions, deliver us to everlasting punishment as wicked servants who would not follow Him to glory.
To learn more about incorporating St. Benedict’s rule into your own life, please visit our Oblate site. Oblates are lay men and women affiliated with a Benedictine monastery who have embraced many of St. Benedict’s lessons and folded them into their own lives.