We pray, Lord, that everything we do may be prompted by your inspiration, so that every prayer and work of ours may begin from you and be brought by you to completion. (Prayer Based on the Prologue of Saint Benedict’s Rule. St. Benedict’s Prayer Book for Beginners, p.113).
Saint Benedict among many things could be considered the Patron Saint of new beginnings. In multiple places in The Rule, Benedict states in one way or another that we are always at a beginning point. And so we are brought to the beginning of The Rule on New Year’s Day.
If you have a problem with your computer or phone and call a help desk technician, among the first questions and/or instructions you will hear is “have you tried restarting your device?”
Have you been lonely or discouraged as 2016 came up to its ending?
Have you been wondering how or when to begin after a bad time in your life?
We are on the Eighth Day of Christmas. Jesus was born (a beginning) to start (a beginning) a new era in humankind. No longer would we be left on our own with life’s ups and downs. God walks with us in our beginnings and ends in Jesus Christ, the Word Incarnate.
Let us take time in the next few days to meditate on the words of the prayer I used from Benedict’s Rule. May we rely on God in prayer and contemplation in this time of new beginnings. May we turn ourselves over little by little and allow God to lead and guide us in our beginnings, our endings and everywhere in between.
Brother Anselm Philip King-Lowe, OSB
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