Happy Feast of the Passing of St. Benedict! That’s a mouthful, but this is a very important feast day for us. Aside from the fact that he (and his twin, St. Scholastica) is our founder, St. Benedict held wisdom for the ages. Indeed, we still quote him, join his monasteries and live by his Rule 1500 years after he died!!
Our celebration began with a vigil last night. This prayerful meditation begins with Statio – where we all line up outside the chapel and process in, two by two – and includes special prayers and a homily by Sister Phyllis. We also read from the Rule:
Let us arise, then, at last,
for the Scripture stirs us up, saying,
“Now is the hour for us to rise from sleep” (Rom. 13:11).
Let us open our eyes to the deifying light,
let us hear with attentive ears
the warning which the divine voice cries daily to us,
“Today if you hear His voice,
harden not your hearts” (Ps. 94:8).
Today is a festive day, with a special Mass filled with special prayers and music, a special dinner, and special lightness of heart. It is a joy to celebrate worldwide, and with no regard to time, with all Benedictines, past and present!!
St. Benedict was and is a great gift to the world. Today we celebrate, even more than usual, his gift to us. We celebrate our oneness with the entire universe. And certainly we celebrate, privately, our choice of the Benedictine lifestyle. Come see what the fuss is all about. 🙂