Posted by: vftmom247 | 2012/07/12

Saint Benedict and God’s Will

Yesterday was the feast day of Saint Benedict, the patron saint of Europe, among other things. He brings together some of the various strands of my life. His sister was Saint Scholastica, who once asked God to intercede for her so that her brother would stay in her convent so she could continue their conversation, rather than continuing onto his own abbey. God whipped up a storm so bad that St. Scholastica got her wish. Don’t mess with Saint Scholastica…or Saint Scholastica Academy graduates (where I attended high school). And don’t try to circumvent the will of God.

I am now a LifeTeen missionary in Germany, that fine European country. Our Rules of Life are based on the Rule of Saint Benedict, a set of rules to guide the communal order of a monastery. Two things that are especially emphasized are hospitality and humble obedience. Hospitality, for a LifeTeen base, does not mean that we drop everything for visitors, but rather that we welcome them whole-heartedly, bearing in mind that God is present in everyone we come into contact with. Humble obedience means putting ourselves last, putting God’s will first, and asking for guidance from Him. This tends to work out well, since God knows what we need to do before we even ask Him.

This depending on God and His Will is freeing. I have to take it in trust that God will express His plan, but then, I have to commit to doing whatever God’s plan is, trusting that God will clear my way. The truly, absolutely amazing thing is that God does tend to come through, and He comes through with more than I think to ask for. Take the house we’re living in. It is beautiful, with space for all, as well as space for guests. Best of all, it is literally steps from our church. I never thought to ask God for all of that, yet, He has given with over-flowing abundance. He wants to do this for us. If we let Him, he will provide bountifully for us, if we place our lives in His hands with the unhesitating trust of a child.



  1. I read the Rule of Benedict on the advice of my spiritual director and with his guidance, try to live my busy life in accordance with the Rule. Very challenging, to say the least, but ultimately, it keeps me from going too far off the path. Happy belated feast day of St. Benedict to you and yours.

    • And back to you also! Thanks for reading and commenting. Spiritual directors are wonderful.

      • Thanks for following my blog. I just clicked on the follow button on your blog as well.


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