Living the Zeal of Benedict by Marilyn Schauble

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Prologue 1 - Listening

Mon, 2020-06-22 15:30

Listen carefully to my instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.
Rule of Benedict - Prologue 1

The very first word of the Rule, LISTEN,
provides us with Benedict’s essential and underlying theme.

For Benedict listening is found in the practical, in the daily.

We listen for God in the Psalmody and readings;
we listen for God in Lectio Divina and silence;
we listen for God in our hearts;
we listen for God in others.

Benedict encourages us to listen deeply with the ear of our hearts.

May we be challenged to listen for the many ways that God speaks to us!

Corpus Christi

Sun, 2020-06-14 10:47

When I hear bread breaking I see something else.
It seems almost as though God never meant us to do anything else.
So beautiful the sound,
the crust breaks up like manna
and falls all over everything and then we eat.

Bread gets inside humans.
It turns into what experts call the "formal glory of God".

Sometime in your life,
hope you might see one starved person,
the look on that face when the bread finally arrives.
Hope you might have baked it
or bought it
or even kneaded it yourself ...
for that look on that face
for you hands meeting those hand across a piece of bread
you might be willing to lose a lot
or suffer a lot ...
or die a little, even.

Daniel Berrigan (1921-2016)

Trinity Sunday

Sun, 2020-06-07 10:37

There is a certain attractiveness
to the mystery of God.
It suggests a depth of being
that no ones mind can reach,
an elusive beauty
that largely escapes our clutch.

There is something to revel in
rather that to apologize for
because, paradoxically,
by its very silence,
the mystery of God
communicates something valid.

A deep shadow can be cast
only by a strong light.
God remains untamed by our logic,
unpackaged by our rhetoric.
The full dimensions of God
must remain forever
inconceivable to us,
unguessed at by us.

Msgr. James Turro
Seton Hall University
South Orange, NJ
(Reflections ... A path to prayer)

Creative Spirit present at the heart of the world

Sun, 2020-05-31 10:55

I, the highest and fiery power,
have kindled every living spark.
A flame above the beauty of the fields.
I shine in the waters.
In the sun and moon and the stars, I burn.
And by means of the airy wind
I stir everything into quickness,
with a certain invisible life which sustains all things.
I, the fiery power, lie hidden in these things
and they blaze for me.

Hildegard of Bingen - 12th c Mystic

Pentecost Season

Sat, 2020-05-23 10:10

Come, Holy Spirit, come!
And from your celestial home
shed a ray of light divine!

Come, God of the poor!
Come, source of all our store!
Come, within our hearts shine.

You, of comforters the best;
you, the soul’s most welcome guest;
sweet refreshment here below;
in our labor, rest most sweet;
grateful coolness in the heat;
solace in the midst of woe.

O most blessed Light divine,
shine within these hearts of yours,
and our inmost being fill!

Where are you not, we have naught,
nothing good in deed or thought,
nothing free from taint of ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
on our dryness pour your dew;
wash away our guilt:
bend the stubborn heart and will;
melt the frozen, warm the chill;
guide the steps that go astray.

On the faithful, who adore and confess you,
evermore in your sevenfold gift descend;
give them virtue’s sure reward;
give them your salvation, God;
give them joys that never end. Amen.

Season of Easter

Sun, 2020-05-03 07:11

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

I am no longer afraid of death,
I know well its darkness
and cold corridors leading to life.
I am afraid rather of that life
which does not come out of death.
I live each day to kill death.
I die each day to beget life,
and in this dying until death,
I die a thousand time and am reborn
another thousand through that love
from my community, which nourishes hope.
You will then know how marvelous it is
to live threatened with Resurrection!
To dream awake,
to keep watch asleep,
to live while dying
and to already know oneself resurrected.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

(Threatened with Resurrection
by Julia Esquivel p. 63, 65)

Easter Sequence

Sun, 2020-04-12 13:42


Christians to the Paschal Victim,
offer your thankful praises.

A Lamb redeems the sheep;
Christ, who is sinless,
reconciles sinners to our Creator.

Life and death fought together in great combat.
The Sign of Life, who died, reigns immortal.

Tell us, Mary, what you saw on your way.
"I saw the tomb of the living Christ,
the glory of Jesus' resurrection.

The angels gave witness to the empty shroud.
Christ, my hope, is risen from the dead;
he goes before us into Galilee."

We know that Christ is risen from the dead,
our new life obtaining.
Have mercy on us, victorious one.

Amen! Alleluia!

Christians to the Paschal Victim,
offer your thankful praises.

My Feet

Thu, 2020-04-09 21:52

My feet
are homeless
are lonely
stand in endless lines:
unemployment, soup kitchens

My feet
carry the weight of hunger
of addiction
of mental health challenges
of physical disabilities
of being an immigrant, a refugee

My feet
are a different color
a different gender
are a different culture
believe in a different god

My feet
are angry
are anchored in fear
rely on more guns
more division

My feet
are sad
are isolated
are devastated
may die alone

My feet
pursue our right
to clean air and water
to work for non-violence
to witness hope

Have you washed these feet?

Do you understand what I have done for you? You address me as "teacher," and fitting enough, for that is what I am. If I have washed your feet - I who am teacher - then you must wash each other's feet. What I just did was to give you an example. As I have done, so you must do.

John 13:12-15

A Better Place

Mon, 2020-04-06 08:36

If we are more generous and loving,
wiser and more compassionate,
less angry and fearful,
then of course
the world around us
will be a better place.

Benedict's Dharma: Buddhists Reflect on the Rule of Saint Benedict
Norman Fischer
Joseph Goldstein
Judith Simmer-Brown
Ed. Patrick Henry

Fast from ... Feast on

Sat, 2020-03-28 20:07

Fast from judging others,
feast on looking for connection.

Fast from emphasis on differences,
feast on what you have in common.

Fast from fears of illness,
feast on thoughts of wellness.

Fast from words that pollute,
feast on words that bless.

Fast from irritation,
feast on gratitude.

Fast from worry,
feast on what is not broken.

Fast from complaining,
feast on acknowledgement.

Fast from bitterness,
feast on letting it go.

Fast from discouragement,
feast on hope.

Fast from idle gossip,
feast on purposeful silence.

Fast from lists of losses,
feast on receiving comfort and support.

Fast from concerns that overwhelm,
feast on the prayers of your heart.

Novena of Benedict - March 20

Fri, 2020-03-20 07:01

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.

Novena of Benedict - March 19

Wed, 2020-03-18 18:34

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