Novena to St. Benedict – Day Eight – The Apostle


Today’s iteration of the novena is dedicated to all who have expressed skepticism or concern over what is perceived to be a “withdrawl” from society in the recent discussions of Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option.  Please note the paradox at work in the fact that St. Benedict did make a profound withdrawl from society, but yet still had a monumental impact on…

Novena to St. Benedict – Day Seven – The Teacher


HYMN Beloved Father, we now pray: Instruct us how to walk God’s way, That we may not reject God’s law, But quickly from all sin withdraw. Our voices now we gladly raise To sing the Lord’s eternal praise: This praise of God, as taught by you, Is rightly God’s eternal due. All praise to God the Father be, And to…

Novena to St. Benedict – Day Six – The Prophet


St. Benedict’s feast is fast approaching!  We reflect today on prophecy and the gifts of God. HYMN O favored Saint, in vision bright, In God’s transcending, wondrous light, You saw the world in one bright ray, The universe before you lay. Obtain for us a vision clear And save us from all human fear, That by your guidance we may…

Novena to St. Benedict – Day Four – The Lawgiver


Today we reflect on the necessary role of law in our faith and religious life.  May St. Benedict inspire us all to a greater understanding and appreciation of this often-misunderstood aspect of faith!   HYMN As once upon Cassino’s heights, Our blessed Father still invites Stout hearts to his monastic school To live according to his Rule. Discreet, yet firm, this…

Novena to St. Benedict – Day Two – The Monk


HYMN In God alone the noble youth, Saint Benedict, sought after Truth: He fled the world’s alluring sham To share the triumph of the Lamb. O blessed Saint, behold us here Amid a world of strife and fear: Detach our hearts from things below That God may higher gifts bestow Most blessed, holy Trinity, To you be praise eternally, Your…