Living the Zeal of Benedict

a blog by Sister Marilyn Schauble, OSB

The first step of humility is unhesitating obedience, which comes naturally to those who cherish Christ above all. RB 5:1-2

Unhesitating obedience is a radical demand and calls for a radical response. This type of obedience comes from the heart and is rooted in listening to God. We strive to let go of our superficial desires and listen with the ear of the heart. We listen to God so that we know how to respond in love to God’s will. This type of listening helps us experience an interior freedom.

Every day I work on experiencing inner freedom.

How are you doing?

April 4
Ever-creating God, we witness your love in the expression of Benedictine life. As we prepare to celebrate the Solemnity of Saint Benedict, may we be ever-mindful of Benedictine influence in past ages, and may our continued commitment give hope to oppressed peoples who seek peace and justice. We pray in praise of your holy name now and forever. Amen.

April 3
O God, you wondrously inspired Benedict to show us the way to life by his faithfulness to the Spirit. Grant that through his intercession we may also persevere. We pray in praise of your holy name now and forever. Amen.

April 2
God, our Sustainer, we come before you asking that you strengthen us. Through the intercession of Benedict, may we be impelled to participate in healing ministries which bring peace and justice to all. We pray in praise of your holy name now and forever. Amen.

April 1
God, our Creator, we are full of gratitude for your many blessings. May we continue our journey to you, following in the footsteps of Benedict – emptying ourselves for others. May we be gift for others. We pray in praise of your holy name now and forever. Amen.

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