Living the Zeal of Benedict

a blog by Sister Marilyn Schauble, OSB

Justice, Only Justice, You Shall Pursue.

January 18, Friday – Day 1
Let justice roll down like waters
Prayer
God of the widow, the orphan and the stranger, you have shown us the path of justice. As Christians together, may we give you glory not only with our hearts and minds, but also by our deeds. May your spirit help and guide us to work for justice wherever we are, so that many will profit from our works. We pray in the name of Jesus in unity with the Spirit. Amen.

January 19, Saturday – Day 2
Let your word be “Yes, Yes” or “No, No.”
Prayer
God of righteousness, grant us wisdom and help our hearts to be guided by honesty and our lips to speak the truth. Give us courage to be truthful at all times. We pray in the name of Jesus in unity with the Spirit. Amen.

January 20, Sunday – Day 3
God is gracious and merciful to all.
Prayer
O God, we praise you for your great glory made manifest in all of creation. Give us an open heart to embrace all who experience discrimination. Help us to grow in love beyond prejudice and injustice. Grant us the grace to respect the uniqueness of each person, so that in our diversity we may experience unity. We pray in the name of Jesus in unity with the Spirit. Amen.

January 21, Monday – Day 4
Be content with what you have.
Prayer
Compassionate God, we thank you for your bountiful gifts. Give us the grace to accept all blessings in simplicity and with humble gratitude. Enable us to be content and ready to share with others who are in need, so that all may experience unity in the love that flows from you. We pray in the name of Jesus in unity with the Spirit. Amen.

January 22, Tuesday – Day 5
Bring good news to the poor.
Prayer
Loving God, be with us and help us not to lust for power and free us from any temptation that may oppress others. May we live in solidarity with our neighbors as we take your good news to those who are oppressed. We pray in the name of Jesus in unity with the Spirit. Amen.

January 23, Wednesday – Day 6
The God of all is the name.
Prayer
Loving God, by your word all things came to be. We thank you for the universe which manifests your glory, beauty, and kindness. Grant us the wisdom to walk gently upon the earth as we proclaim your message to all creation. We pray in the name of Jesus in unity with the Spirit. Amen.

January 24, Thursday – Day 7
Great is your faith!
Prayer
Gracious God, You are the source of human dignity. As we search to manifest the unity of the Church, grant us the courage to reject all forms of violence against women and to celebrate the gifts of the Spirit that women bring to the service of the Church. We pray in the name of Jesus in unity with the Spirit. Amen.

January 25, Friday – Day 8
God is my light and my salvation.
Prayer
God our Sustainer, we praise you for your loving kindness, for upholding us at all times, and for showing your light in times of darkness. Transform our lives so that we may be a blessing for others. Help us to live unity in diversity. We pray in the name of Jesus in unity with the Spirit. Amen.

Ever-loving and abiding God,
may our shared praise rise to you
as we remember your presence
in the lives of our sisters and brothers.

Awaken in us
an ever-increasing awareness
of the wonder of the gift of LIFE.

Teach s the value of each person;
keep us ever mindful
that the life blood of every person is precious,
and that we share responsibility
for the life of each person.
Amen!!!

Harbor neither hatred nor jealousy of anyone, and do nothing out of envy. (RB 4: 65-67)

Benedict can't get much clearer:
no hatred!
no jealousy!
no envy!

There is no place for these in a heart that aspires to follow the way of love.

What are you going to do with your life today?

Be compassion!
Be love!
Be mercy!
Be kindness!
Be gentleness!
Be ... !

What are you going to do with your life today?

Join us in praying for vocations everywhere / everyone - and of course particularly to the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, PA.
Blessings of peace to one and all!

Loving God, we believe that Benedictine monasticism bears fruit for the world. We are grateful for the witness of the Benedictine sisters among us. May their faithfulness to the monastic way of life awaken women to the stirrings of the Spirit. Bless others with the courage to accept the invitation to seek you in community through prayer and ministry. May these seekers find fulfillment for the longing in their hearts: in communal life well-lived and in loving attention to the needs of your people. May they be upheld as we are upheld by your constancy and steadfast love. We ask this with confidence in your goodness and grace, now and evermore. Amen.

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