St. Benedict of Nursia, ca. 480-547

St. Benedict of Nursia, ca. 480-547

July 11th is the feast day of our patron, Saint Benedict of Nursia. In addition to being the namesake of our parish, Saint Benedict of Nursia is also recognized for having significant influence on the monastic life in the west. Born in Nursia, Italy in 480, Benedict established the Benedictine Monastery in Monte Cassino and developed the Rule of Saint Benedict, a book of precepts for monks living communally under the authority of an abbot. In 1964, Pope Paul VI proclaimed Saint Benedict the patron saint of all Europe for his contributions to the civilization and evangelization of many European countries in the Middle Ages.

As Catholics, we believe that patron saints are able to effectively intercede for the needs of their special charges. St. Benedict has been recognized as the patron saint for several causes including kidney disease and schoolchildren. The following prayer, titled A Spirit to Know, was written by Benedict himself. May we, as followers of Christ, seek to know God in an intimate way as through the example of Saint Benedict of Nursia.

A Spirit to Know

Gracious and Holy Father,
Please give me:
intellect to understand you,
reason to discern you,
diligence to seek you,
wisdom to find you,
a spirit to know you,
a heart to meditate upon you,
ears to hear you,
eyes to to see you,
a tongue to proclaim you,
a way of life pleasing to you,
patience to wait for you
and perseverance to look for you.

Grant me a perfect end,
your holy presence,
a blessed resurrection
and life everlasting.