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St. Benedict of Nursia – Fuga Mundi Series, Part 3


Welcome to the third installment of the Fuga Mundi Series.   Christians have always been faced with the challenge of how to be “in the world, but not of the world.”  The Latin phrase for this is fuga mundi, which literally translates as “flight from the world.”  This series explores how famous monastic persons or groups lived out the fuga mundi.  …

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Benedict Option Advice for Evangelicals (And for Everyone)


I’ve been mulling over the Benedict Option and Evangelicals ever since video of Rod Dreher’s talk at UVA’s Center for Christian Study posted a couple of weeks ago.  As a Catholic, I find Evangelical interest in the Benedict Option fascinating.  My own Benedict Option journey has involved nearly 20 years of Catholic churches, countless trips to monasteries in the U.S. and abroad,…

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Novena to St. Benedict – Day Nine – The Man of God


The final installment of the novena to St. Benedict!  Tomorrow, July 11, is the Feast of St. Benedict.  Get to a monastery, if you can. HYMN With gospel teachings as your guide You wrote a rule that would provide A way of life for all who aim To follow Christ, His Name proclaim. While yet on earth, your fame spread…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Novena to St. Benedict – Day Five – The Miracle Worker


We’re half way through!  Today we reflect on the power of God and miracles in our life.   HYMN With sign of Cross, your weapon bright, You put the evil one to flight. Protect us by your loving care, Defend us from the tempter’s snare. They offered you some poisoned wine, But you then made the sacred sign: The cup…

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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…

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