Chapter 38: The Reader for the Week
Reading at the monastic table is no longer a given; Saint Benedict says, “Reading will always accompany the meals of the brothers.” The reader should not be someone who picks up a book and reads it for a week. The refectory is not a place where people talk to one another; Saint Benedict expects complete silence during meals.
What were the 3 main rules of St Benedict?
ut in omnibus glorificetur Deus, “that God may be glorified in all [things]” (cf. Rule ch. 57.9), Saint Benedict’s Rule divides the monastic day into regular periods of communal and private prayer, sleep, spiritual reading, and manual labor.
What did St Benedict believe?
St. Benedict is the patron saint of Europe and was a religious reformer who lived in Italy in the late 400s and early 500s. He is known as the “Father of Western Monasticism” for establishing a Rule that would become the norm for countless Christian monks and nuns.
What does the Saint Benedict medal say?
The letters C S S M L – N D S M D, initials of the words Crux sacra sit mihi lux! Nunquam draco sit mihi dux! (‘May the holy cross be my light!’) are written on the back of the cross.
What is the main source of the Rule of St Benedict?
Benedict of Nursia’s (fl. 6th century) Rule of St Benedict is a book of precepts written for monks living in community under the authority of an abbot, but it has been adopted with equal success by women’s communities since the 7th century.
What are the 12 Benedictine values?
Values at Benedictine College
- Conversion of Life.
- Love of Learning.
- Excellence through Virtue.
- We believe in service to the common good, respect for the individual, virtuous friendship, and the beatitudes.
What is the Saint Benedict prayer?
Please intercede for me, my loved ones, my home, property, possessions, and workplace through the cross of Jesus Christ, that God may protect me, my loved ones, my home, property, possessions, and workplace today and always by your holy blessing, that we may never be separated from Jesus, Mary, and the company of all the blessed.
What is the Benedictine spirituality?
In an increasingly fast-paced world, where the average person has little time for personal renewal, Benedict reminds us of our priorities: prayer, contemplation, balance, and the importance of everything we do.
What is the definition of Benedict?
benedict u2022 BEN-ih-dikt u2022 noun. : a newlywed man who has been a bachelor for a long time.
Do Benedictine monks talk?
Benedictines do not take a vow of silence, but they do eat their dinner and breakfast silently; at dinner, one of the monks sits at the front of the cavernous room, surrounded by stained glass, and reads a Benedictine history article and passages from the Rule of St. Benedict.
What happens when you wear the Miraculous Medal?
The rays from Mary’s hands do not reach the entire globe, symbolizing the grace that most people forget to ask for in their daily lives. The medal is a reminder that you should turn to your faith for help, even if you think you don’t need it.
What does Smqlivb mean?
S.M.Q.L.I.V.B. means Sunt Mala Quae Libas Ipse Venena Bibas (English: What you offer me is evil.) Left side of Cross Circle: Vade Retro Satana Nunquam Suade Mihi Vana (English: Never tempt me with your vanities!)
What does the 4 way cross mean?
A four-way medal, also known as a cruciform, is shaped like a cross and always depicts the Sacred Heart of Jesus on top, St. Christopher on the right, Miraculous Mary on the bottom, and St. Joseph on the left.
What was the motto of the monasteries?
The Latin motto “Ora et labora” (Pray and Work) is often used to summarize the Benedictine Rule, as it enumerates the essential obligations of monastic life, emphasizing manual labor, daily reading, and, above all, communal prayer, known as the “opus Dei,” or “Work of God.”