Liturgical Prayer

Path of life

Blessings to you on this, the Feast of Saint Benedict

This past week brought the Benedictine Spirituality Workshop and Retreat, available to Scholastics in Initial Monastic Formation who are discerning entrance into a permanent covenant relationship with God and the sisters of their Benedictine community. The coronavirus has changed its look this time around, as it is being presented virtually.

Each participant is asked to reflect on their life in community from a variety of points of view, and it didn’t take long before the topic of death surfaced.

Entering monastic life at this time in history requires one to “become friends” with death. Not just your own, about which Benedict says “Day by day, remind yourself that you are going to die”, but also the death of the very same community members to whom you would be committing your life -- those sisters here now, those long gone, and those of the future.

Last month three of our sisters passed into eternal life, bringing the total to 21 in the five and a half years since I entered. Although the coronavirus has also brought change to Liturgy, it is no less joyful. Benedict, after all, gives us the real reason for his Rule and all it entails when he declares, "May Christ bring us all together to everlasting life".

Let nothing be preferred to the Work of God – Rule of Benedict 43:3

Rule of Benedict 4:47 and 72:12