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Every day this Lent, we’ll explore the
life and faith of a bearded Catholic saint.
We’ll pray with them, and together we’ll grow in holiness and manliness.
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St. Benedict of Nursia
FEAST DAY: JULY 11TH | LIVED: 480-547
The bearded Saint probably had more influence on modern western culture than any other person on our list. The “Rule of St Benedict” became a standard for the organization of monastic communities which became models for education centers and communities across Europe. Set Benedict was a man who was intentional and committed in his pursuit of faith. Once when the devil tempted him towards sin, he fought off the temptation by rolling around in a thorn bush till he was cut all over which “caused wounds to his flesh, but cured the wounds of his soul”.
Ora et Labora. Work and Prayer
Daily Blessing of the Beard
Lord above, bless this beard as it grows from my face.
Let it serve as a reminder that I am yours.
Let it serve as a symbol of my role in your kingdom.
Let it serve as a sign of your blessing in my life.
As I was anointed and claimed for you at my Baptism,
I anoint this beard as a reminder of love.
O holy Father, St. Benedict,
Blessed by God both in grace and in name, who,
While standing in prayer, with hands raised to heaven,
Didst most happily yield thy angelic spirit into the hands of thy Creator,
And hast promised zealously to defend against all the snares of the enemy in the last struggle of death, those who shall daily remind thee of thy glorious departure and heavenly joys; protect me,
I beseech thee, O glorious Father, this day and every day, by thy holy blessings,
That I may never be separated from our dear Lord,
From the society of thyself, and of all the blessed.
Through the same Christ our Lord.