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NOVENA to ST BENEDICT – DAY THREE – 4 JULY

NOVENA to ST BENEDICT – DAY THREE – 4 JULY

In the Holy Rule, St. Benedict you have said:

Brothers, the Holy Scripture crys to us saying:  “Every one that exalts himself shall be humbled;  and he that humbles himself shall be exalted” (Lk 14:11; 18:14).   Since, therefore, it says this, it shows us that every exaltation is a kind of pride…

Hence, brethren, if we wish to reach the greatest height of humility and speedily to arrive at that heavenly exaltation to which ascent is made in the present life by humility, then, mounting by our actions, we must erect the ladder which appeared to Jacob in his dream, by means of which angels were shown to him ascending and descending (cf Gen 28:12). Without a doubt, we understand this ascending and descending to be nothing else but that we descend by pride and ascend by humility.   The erected ladder, however, is our life in the present world, which, if the heart is humble, is by the Lord lifted up to heaven.   For we say that our body and our soul are the two sides of this ladder;  and into these sides the divine calling has inserted various degrees of humility or discipline which we must mount.  (Holy Rule 7)

LET US PRAY – DAY THREE

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Glorious Saint Benedict,
sublime model of virtue, pure vessel of God’s grace!
Behold me humbly kneeling at your feet.
I implore you in your loving kindness to pray for me before the throne of God.

To you I have recourse in the dangers that daily surround me.
Shield me against my selfishness and my indifference to God and to my neighbour.
Inspire me to imitate you in all things.
May your blessing be with me always, so that I may see and serve Christ in others and work for His kingdom.

Graciously obtain for me from God those favours and graces which I need so much in the trials, miseries and afflictions of life.
Your heart was always full of love, compassion and mercy toward those who were afflicted or troubled in any way.
You never dismissed without consolation and assistance anyone who had recourse to you.
I therefore invoke your powerful intercession, confident in the hope that you will hear my prayers and obtain for me the special grace and favour I earnestly implore.

{mention your petition}

Help me, great Saint Benedict, to live and die as a faithful child of God, to run in the sweetness of His loving will and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven.

Amen.

O Holy Father, St. Benedict, pray for us.

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