Augustine For Today


 “Lord, we are your little flock; we belong to you. Spread your wings that we may take refuge under them. Be our glory, let us be loved for your sake, and let your word be feared in our midst.”

            Confessions 10, 36

Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year C

In the sixth century, St. Benedict founded a dozen monasteries in Italy that would shape Europe for centuries to come. Carved over the entrance of the first Benedictine monastery at Subiaco is the famous motto, Ora et Labora: “Pray and Work.” In the death throes of the classical world, in the decay of ancient institutions and customs, St. Benedict located the foundation of spiritual growth and endurance in the balance of contemplation and activity.