Ora et Labora


Today, brothers and sisters, is the Feast Day of Saint Benedict of Nursia, the founder of Western Monasticism. Originally addressed to laity, his famed Rule for the Benedictine Order can be summarized by the Latin phrase, "Ora et labora", i.e. "Work and pray." For Benedict, work is not an unnecessary burden, but rather the means through which we can be brought into obedience to God. It is the idle soul that is so easily swayed by temptation and disobedience. Let us pray today for God to bless us through the intercession of St. Benedict, that we may view our work not as a barrier to what we want to do, but as a way to greater union with Christ, whose yoke is easy and burden is light.

From the Breviary:
O God, who made the Abbot Saint Benedict an outstanding master in the school of divine service, grant, we pray, that putting nothing before love of you, we may hasten with a loving heart in the way of your commands. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.