Monday, July 11, 2005

St. Benedict

Today is St. Benedict's feast day - he is the Patriarch of Western Monasticism and the patron saint of Europe. His prayers are especially needed today, as Europe enters a crisis of faith, seeking to rid itself of its cultural roots in Christianity. More on St. Benedict here.

Also, today's Gospel reading - a tough one - Matthew 10:34-11:1. Jesus says that he comes not to bring peace, but the sword. He says he will divide mother against daughter, father against son. How ironic that the peace of Christ in one's heart brings about the division Jesus talks about today. Zeal for Christ often leads one to the loneliness of the narrow road to Calvary. "You will be persecuted by all men for my name's sake - but he who endures to the end will be saved." Mark 13:13


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