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October 14, 2014

The Monk's Habit (Part 2)

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Because the symbolism of the Habit is so significant, there are special prayers that accompany each part.

Tunic: "Cloth me O Lord with the man who has been created according to God in Justice and Holiness of Truth"

Cincture: "Gird me O Lord with the cincture of gladness. Cleanse me and purify my heart that the virtues of Continence and Chastity may ever abide with me"

Scapular: "O Lord you said 'my yoke is easy and my burden is light', grant that I may accept it with that I may receive the reward of my labor"

Cowl (hood): "Place O Lord the Helmet of Salvation upon my head that I may overcome the assault of the devil"

October 8, 2014

The Monk's Habit (Part 1)

The habit is a sign of the Monk's consecration. Each part of the habit has special significance.

The tunic is symbolic of the monk's new life in Christ. He no longer wears the "old self" but has been been clothed with "The New man who has been created by God in holiness and truth".

The cincture belt represents the Monk's life as a single man, one who forsakes marriage in order to live a life of celibacy for the Kingdom of God.

The scapular represents the work of a Monk, which is praying the Psalms together in community.

And lastly, the Cowl (a hood) represents the helmet of salvation which shields the Monk in his battles with the evil one.

October 5, 2014

"Universal" Vocation Discernment

You exist as a unique and unrepeatable being, an "I" Who is capable of self – understanding, self – possession and self – determination. In His Great Providence God has a special plan for you. Pray that you may know and follow that plan.

October 1, 2014

Hallmarks of Benedictine Education (Part 10)

At Saint Vincent Archabbey many of our monks are involved in our College Apostolate. Some serve as Professors in departments such as Theology, Philosophy, Mathematics, English, Science or Business, while others work in the Library or Campus Ministry. Needless to say, our Benedictine Heritage influences the way that we educate our students as a WHOLE human person, Body, Mind, and Soul.

Thus, this series of posts will focus on the 10 Hallmarks of a Benedictine Education. 

10. Community: call for service to the common good and respect for the individual

Benedictine monastic community is rooted in a particular place in which mutual service, especially
in the mundane areas of everyday life, is demanded of everyone with no other reward than the building up of the community. Yet for Benedictines community also stretches across time and place. There is an awareness of community with the past, with the millennia-old tradition, with past
community members and friends of the monastery, with the communion of saints. There is also
solidarity with other communities across the world, monastic and non-monastic, Christian and non-
Christian, religious and non-religious, that make practical efforts to foster human well-being. Though directly grounded in a particular place, the commitments and aspirations of Benedictine life are
catholic and universal, rather than provincial.

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