Saint Benedict  (480-547) ON PRAYER

[This is the fourteenth of a series of posts featuring a saint, mystic, or writer to include some of their thoughts on prayer as well as a prayer written by or ascribed to him or her.  Today is this saint’s Feast. For more about him, visit the Saint of the Day blog on the right column of this blog.]

Saint Benedict

If we want to ask a favour of any person of power, 
we presume not to approach but with humility and respect. 
How much more ought we to address ourselves
to the Lord and God of all things with a humble and entire devotion? 
We are not to imagine that our prayers shall be heard because we use many words, 
but because the heart is pure and the spirit penitent. 
Therefore prayer must be short and pure, 
unless it be prolonged by a feeling of divine inspiration.

Listen and attend with the ear of your heart.


A Prayer by St. Benedict   
Gracious and holy Father,
please give me:
intellect to understand you;
reason to discern you;
diligence to seek you;
wisdom to find you;
a spirit to know you;
a heart to meditate upon you;
ears to hear you;
eyes to see you;
a tongue to proclaim you;
a way of life pleasing to you;
patience to wait for you;
and perseverance to look for you.
Grant me:
a perfect end;
your holy presence;
a blessed resurrection;
and life everlasting.



About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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