on Saint Benedict

St. Benedict in Prayer
(Master of Messkirch, 1538)

“Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out
and to cure every disease and every illness.”
Matthew 10,1

St. Benedict left the decadence of Rome and eventually holed himself up in a cave to pray and do penance. He didn’t run away from evil. He went “into the desert” to do battle with the devil, much like St. Patrick would at Lough Derg, regardless of how its caretakers are trying to rebrand it as a Six Flags theme park:

St. Benedict would learn to master himself. His Rule became a guide for abbots who would be entrusted with young monks eager to be taught “by long monastic practice and the help of many brethren, [how] to fight against the devil” (Rule, Chapter 1).

Rather then seeking escape, let the morning’s prayerful respite – be it Mass or meditation – reinvigorate and prepare for the day’s battle.




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