Friday, July 11, 2014

Let the wise listen...

Let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance. – Proverbs 1:5

"Listen and attend
with the ear of your heart."
St Benedict
Italy ~ 480-547
Priest, twin brother to St Scholastica
Patriarch of Western Monasticism
Motto of Benedictines: Ora et Labora ~ Pray and Work
Co-Patron of Europe
FEAST DAY - July 11
Benedict's gentle, moderate and compassionate character is reflected in his description of what an abbot should do: "Let him hate sin and love the brethren. Even in his correction, let him act with prudence and not go too far, lest while he seeks too eagerly to scrape off the rust, the vessel is smashed. Let him keep his own frailty ever before his eyes, and remember that the bruised reed must not be broken."

St Benedict, pray for us!

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