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The Daily Devotion
from the Rule of St. Benedict
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The following is an excerpt from Fr. Bill's 30 August 2019 e-mail to Church of the Resurrection:
The Rule of St. Benedict is a practical guide to a closer walk with Jesus. Christians are very quick to pick up the latest book that shows them how to follow Jesus more closely. And that is good. Anything that draws our attention back to God is good. But in the Rule of St. Benedict, which was written 1500 years ago and is still being used today, we have a proven method for how to live the Gospel in our daily lives. It is the foundational rule for every western monastic order. And when the Church has been healthy, it was following that rule. When the Church strayed from the principles of the Rule, it suffered. The Church is suffering today. It is time to consider following the discipline of the Rule of St. Benedict. But how can we do that? We aren’t monks and nuns. What does that Rule say to those of us who live in the world?
I am offering you a way to read and meditate on the Rule of St. Benedict and to apply it to your life. You don’t have to become a monk or nun. You don’t need to join the Fellowship of Saint Benedict. What I am offering is a daily reading from the Rule followed by a brief meditation on that reading. In the Fellowship, we read through the Rule three times a year. We will begin a new cycle of reading beginning this coming Sunday, September 1. I will post the daily reading with the meditation on my blog. I have written a preface which was posted today, and an introduction explaining how it works will be posted tomorrow. Then on Sunday and each day following through the end of the year there will be a daily reading and short meditation. My hope is that you will follow these readings. I believe that we can all both enjoy and benefit from the discipline of reading the Rule and applying the teachings of St. Benedict to the Christian life we are all trying to live in this crazy world.
Here is the link to the Lectio Divina meditation video hosted by the St. Benedict fellowship. The guest speaker is Fr. Guerric from Mepkin Abbey.
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Fr. Bill will be providing ten precepts for us each Monday starting today, 28 May 2018.
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On August 13, 2017 Fr. Bill preached a sermon on discouragement that included a discussion on the Morning Star, Venus. This is an epilogue that he sent out as an e-mail. You can find it on this website under 'Audio' and then 'Sermons'. Click Here for Link to that sermon.
The next day, Fr. Bill sent the following e-mail epilogue.
Dear Parish Family,
Last night before going to bed, Miranda said, "Be sure to say hello to Venus for me tomorrow morning." (She does not share my early morning routine.) This morning I arose, made coffee, and headed to my gazebo. It was cloudy. My assumption was that there would be no signs visible in the heavens. After reading the Psalms appointed for Matins, and the Old Testament lesson, I sensed God saying, "Go look." So, I went over to the patio and looked to the East. There were clouds. But as I looked more carefully, the "Bright Morning Star" was piercing the gloom of the early morning clouds. Venus was so bright that you could see it through the cloud cover! I stopped right there and prayed thanks that even the clouds that come into our lives cannot obscure the Light of the Lord. It was a MOST encouraging sign.
And, I said "Hello" to the Bright Morning Star for Miranda.
God bless you all. And may the Bright Morning Star rise in your hearts today.
Yours in Jesus,
2 Peter 1:19 "And we have the prophetic word made more sure. You will do well to pay attention to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts."
Revelation 22:16 "I Jesus have sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star."
For the sermon on Palm Sunday, 2018, Fr. Bill wrote a monologue which was performed by Christopher McLoughlin. The audio only version is available in the posted sermons, which you can access here. Thanks to Jack Nitterauer for recording it. Click "Read more..." to see the video.