St. Benedict

Saint Benedict, based on Proverbs 2

My child, if you accept my words
and treasure up my commandments within you,
making your ear attentive to wisdom
and inclining your heart to understanding;
if you indeed cry out for insight,
and raise your voice for understanding;
if you seek it like silver,
and search for it as for hidden treasures—
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
he is a shield to those who walk blamelessly,
guarding the paths of justice
and preserving the way of his faithful ones.
Then you will understand righteousness and justice
and equity, every good path;
for wisdom will come into your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
prudence will watch over you;
and understanding will guard you.
It will save you from the way of evil,
from those who speak perversely,
who forsake the paths of uprightness
to walk in the ways of darkness,
who rejoice in doing evil
and delight in the perverseness of evil;
those whose paths are crooked,
and who are devious in their ways. You will be saved from the loose woman,
from the adulteress with her smooth words,
who forsakes the partner of her youth
and forgets her sacred covenant;
for her way leads down to death,
and her paths to the shades;
those who go to her never come back,
nor do they regain the paths of life. Therefore walk in the way of the good,
and keep to the paths of the just.
For the upright will abide in the land,
and the innocent will remain in it;
but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.

Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

One thought on “St. Benedict

  1. Thank you.


    Help me Lord to hear your message
    To beg for your mercy with all of my heart
    To understand how much I need you
    When the world I live in falls apart

    Help me to pray for your compassion
    Like I’ve never ever done before
    On the lonely cross of contradiction
    Broken and bleeding more and more

    Help me ask for your love and mercy
    When I don’t really know what I should do
    When the angel of death has come to call me
    And break the hunger I have for you

    Help me feel you gentle presence
    When my empty heart is filled with fear
    When my broken dreams and have lost their passion
    And nothing at all seems very clear

    Help me believe you really love me
    When nothing seems to be going right
    When the shadow of death is all around me
    Help me to see you as my saving light

    Help me Lord when I can’t see you
    When I’m scared and lonely and far from home
    When my spirit’s shattered in a thousand pieces
    And I cry for mercy all alone

    Help me to beg for your forgiveness
    When the clouds of doubt come over me
    When the many chains I’ve forged and fashioned
    Are the only things that I can see

    Help me to be the humble beggar
    Who holds his withered hand out to you
    When driven by fear and desolation
    Show me dear Lord what I should do

    © Jim Espinosa 2009

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