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The Everyday Prayer


 
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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memory of St. Benedict (+547), father of western monks and their guide through the rule that carries his name.


Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This is the Gospel of the poor,
liberation for the imprisoned,
sight for the blind,
freedom for the oppressed.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Matthew 19, 27-29

Then Peter answered and said, 'Look, we have left everything and followed you. What are we to have, then?'

Jesus said to them, 'In truth I tell you, when everything is made new again and the Son of man is seated on his throne of glory, you yourselves will sit on twelve thrones to judge the twelve tribes of Israel.

And everyone who has left houses, brothers, sisters, father, mother, children or land for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times as much, and also inherit eternal life.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Son of Man came to serve,
whoever wants to be great
should become servant of all.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Church today remembers Saint Benedict of Nursia, the father of Western monasticism. As a youth he left his home turf, where he probably had known eastern monks who were in that region in significant numbers, and established himself in Rome to finish his studies. Tradition puts his house in Trastevere, where there is a church in his memory. But very quickly Benedict left even Rome in order to withdraw to more remote places near Subiaco: he wanted to devote his entire life to God. Surrounded by several disciples, he decided to go to Montecassino, where he founded a new monastery and wrote the famous Rule in which he demonstrates his extraordinary human and Christian wisdom. The Rule, in effect, becomes an essential reference point for all western monasticism. He writes in the prologue: "We must constitute a school of divine service ... As one makes progress in the life of conversion and faith, one runs in the way of the commandments with a heart widened with the inexpressible sweetness of love." What Benedict established is not only valid for those who follow the monastic life, but also for those who live daily life in the world. We all have need of a discipline, therefore of a rule which prevents us from being submerged only in daily life or to be at the mercy of our natural traditions, of our selfishness, forgetting the Lord, the hearing of his Word, prayer and the commitment to change the world. Through the practice of this "rule of life," founded on hearing the Lord, the spiritual man or woman grows within us. The basis of everything is the decision to follow Jesus before anything else, even before ourselves and our own life. Without a doubt, it is a renunciation, but the reward is beyond all measure. This is Jesus’ reply to Peter, who, on behalf of the other apostles, asked Jesus: "Look, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?" Jesus promises that they will receive one hundred times what they have left and will receive it in this life. In the future, they will have eternal life. That "one hundred times as much" is the community of brothers and sisters gathered in his name: it is a family big and beautiful; it is the rich and fertile land where the Lord makes his disciples dwell. It is the gift of the Church, this great family which is present in every corner of the earth, which keeps us from evil and prepares us for eternal life.


07/11/2011
Memory of the Poor


Calendar of the week
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Sunday, 4 December
Liturgy of the Sunday
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5
Monday, 5 December
Prayer for the Sick
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Tuesday, 6 December
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
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Wednesday, 7 December
Memory of the Saints and the Prophets
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Thursday, 8 December
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
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Friday, 9 December
Memory of Jesus crucified
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Saturday, 10 December
Sunday Vigil
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Sunday, 11 December
Liturgy of the Sunday

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