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At present’s hymn to start the liturgy for our feast of St. Benedict begins with a prayer to our monastic forefather: “O treasured jewel of the heavenly king, customary of the righteous, approach of monastics, Benedict, withdraw us from the mire of the unclean world.”   Peter Damian, 11th C

The phrase “mire” can be utilized to explain a state of affairs or state of issue, misery, or embarrassment from which it’s exhausting to extricate oneself.  Is it really doable to withdraw from a state of affairs of issue or misery? I’m unsure, and it appears some struggling will at all times exist in our private lives this facet of heaven.  It’s doable, nevertheless, to expertise freedom from “mire-full” considering. You already know, these anxious ideas that constantly make me really feel insufficient, or that wish to decide others and put them down. I expertise emotions of panic and worry once I’m embarrassed, or once I don’t know learn how to end a job by a deadline I agreed to.  We may be freed of those or some other ideas, or “mire,” with a dose of St Benedict’s medication.

Freedom from each day mire is a part of what St Benedict’s lifestyle is supposed to assist us accomplish —  to be free to cherish Christ above all, to be freed from our burdens in order that we can be found to take heed to the Holy Spirit with the “ear” of our hearts.  Then, free to forgive ourselves, and genuinely need union with Christ. In a relationship with Him, we’re given the selection of freedom and with that a chance to change into entire. Allow us to observe Saint Benedict’s path of prayer, obedience, and inward detachment from worldly cares which we can’t clear up. 

 

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