Feast of Benedict: March 21, 2020

Benedictines around the world celebrate the Solemnity of Benedict on March 21. This day is the commemoration of the death of St. Benedict of Nurcia, the Father of Western Monasticism and author of the Rule that guides Benedictines to living in right relationship with God, self, others and the world. Benedictines ask themselves: How are we to live life with meaning, direction and purpose? It is the Rule of Benedict that gives them the answer.

That question takes on new significance in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a question that we here at Mount St. Benedict have been asking ourselves. With the precautionary measures that have been put in place, a monastery closed to visitors and guests indefinitely, sisters unable to go out to work in ministries, vigilance regarding social distancing and more, this question demands a new answer. To that end, we are adapting and adjusting and continuing to find ways to live Benedict's Rule with meaning, direction and purpose.

As Joan Chittister remarks in A Monastery Almanac: “The life of this man whose ideals and the Rule have guided people for over 1500 years is clear proof that everything we do seeds the future. No action is an empty one.” Good wisdom for us as we celebrate our monastic way of life as Benedictine Sisters and good wisdom for all—especially during these times that remind us of that every action must be undertaken with awareness and meaning, direction and purpose.

May we work together to seed the future with authentic actions of courage, care, compassion and love.

Happy Feast Day!

Prayer for Benedict's Day
God of all,
today Benedict gives us a reminder
of who we want to become.
Using the words of a
gentle, disciplined Abbot,
Benedict gives us in his Rule
the wisdom of spirituality:
how to live a Christ-centered life.
It is the Rule of Benedict
that teaches us
how to live lives
that reflect your love.
May we daily live a life of caring ─
showing kindness and compassion
to all and in any and all situations,
so that a future of hope
will be seeded
by authentic actions
of courage and care.
Amen