July 11, 2019

Feast of San Benedetto da Nursia

Viva San Benedetto!
Photo courtesy of Andrew Giordano
July 11th is the Feast Day of San Benedetto da Nursia (St. Benedict of Nursia), Patriarch of Western monasticism. Patron saint of Europe and Pertosa in Salerno, he is also the protector of monks, architects, engineers, speleologists and spelunkers. To commemorate the occasion, I'm posting a Prayer to St. Benedict of Nursia. The accompanying photo was taken at the Monastery of Santa Maria di Picciano in Matera, Basilicata. 
A Prayer to Saint Benedict
Dear Saint Benedict, I thank God for showering you with His grace to love Him above all else and to establish a monastic rule that has helped so many of His children live full and holy lives. Through the cross of Jesus Christ, I ask you to please intercede that God might 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. Through your intercession may we be delivered from temptation, spiritual oppression, physical ills, and disease. Protect us from drug and alcohol abuse, impurity and immorality, objectionable companions, and negative attitudes. In Jesus' Name. Amen.