Living the Zeal of Benedict

a blog by Sister Marilyn Schauble, OSB

God, our Sustainer,
we come before you asking that you strengthen us.
On this day we celebrate Patrick
as we continue to prepare for the solemnity of Benedict.
Through the intercession of Benedict, and Patrick
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.

Raise up, O God,
in the church the spirit that animated Benedict,
that filled with the same spirit
we may love what he loved
and practice what he taught.
We pray in praise of your holy name
now and forever.
Amen.

Eternal God,
you favored Benedict with the spirit
of wisdom and understanding.
Grant that we may also be sanctified
by these virtues.
We pray in praise of your holy name
now and forever.
Amen.

Ever-loving God,
you blessed Benedict in grace and in name.
We ask you to bless us as conversion becomes reality in our lives.
May we be dedicated to rebirth and growth
in union with Christ and the Spirit.
We pray in praise of your holy name
now and forever.
Amen.

Ever-faithful God,
the wondrous learnings of Benedict
enlighten the Church.
Grant that we may understand his teaching
and follow his example.
We pray in praise of your holy name
now and forever.
Amen.

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