Benedictine saints & blesseds: July 2012 Archives
The feast of King Saint Henry (972-1024) always brings with it a keen remembrance of the commitment one makes as an Benedictine Oblate: seeking God unreservedly. The offering of oneself to God as a Benedictine oblate is a singular grace to take the gift of one's humanity seriously as God has given it with the express desire to totally adore Him who makes us.
As this German king and Holy Roman Emperor he knew that holiness was possible in everyday life. You might say he was a monk without the monastic enclosure to God's work in the every day.
A prior post on Saint Henry on Communio is here.
Benedictine Father Mark Kirby speaks well of good King Saint Henry here.
Let's join with Saint Frances of Rome and Saint Henry in prayer for the grace of seeking God in all that we do, and in every place and time.
There was a man of venerable life, Benedict, blessed by grace and by name, who, leaving home and patrimony and desiring to please God alone, sought out the habit of holy living. (entr. ant.)
O God, who made the Abbot Saint Benedict an outstanding master in the school of divine service, grant we pray, that putting nothing before love of you, we may hasten with a loving heart in the way of your commands.
May Saint Benedict rich bless and continue to call to deeper conversion all believers, and in particular those monks, nuns, sisters and laity who follow the Holy Rule as a way life.
If you are interested in knowing more about Benedictine culture, theology and living, check out Liturgical Press' recent catalog on Benedictine Resources.