Monday, July 11, 2005
Happy Feast Day, Pope Benedict!!
A thank you goes out to St. Peter's Helpers for pointing out that today is the feast of St. Benedict of Nursia. St. Benedict is a saint close to my heart for a number of reasons. My mother was baptized at St. Benedict's in Baltimore, approximately 78 years ago. As is often the case with life, our paths cross and criss cross as we move down the generations. My family ended up attending St. Benedict's, after almost 2 generations of going elsewhere. My son took the name Benedict as a confirmation name.
We now live in PA, and we miss St. Benedict's very much! Their reverent liturgy is truly unmatched. I urge you to check out their website and you'll see why!
I really like the Benedictine philosophy of "balance". I think this is especially important in today's society. It is so easy for us to get caught up in the busy-ness of everyday life and so difficult to remember to take time for our family, ourselves and God.
To Saint Benedict, life consisted of both "ora" (prayer) and "labora" (work). Both are important and balance is the key. I think it can be a key to maintaining both spiritual and mental health.
Ora et Labora!