Today is the feast of St Benedict, patron of Europe as well as the founding father of monasticism. Europe is certainly in need of as many prayers as possible from its patron, as this post from Digital Nun reminds us; prayers for individual countries, like Greece, and more generally for unity and support.
But Benedict is mostly revered and remembered for his Rule, and his legacy of monastic life and prayer, and aspects of this is what has predominated in various blogs and social media accounts. What caught my eye and imagination was this sonnet by Malcolm Guite, and in particular the final lines...
To clear and keep for Love a sacred space
That we might be beginners in God’s grace.
May the prayers and example of St Benedict accompany and help all of us in this.