From 4:00-4:25 and from 4:30–4:50 we offer Centering Prayer. This occurs on the 2nd & 4th
Saturday’s when we have Mass; we offer a time for centering prayer. There is a five-minute silent
meditation walk in between sessions. Everyone is invited to come and participate for the first or
second sessions or for both sessions. Centering Prayer takes place in the Sunday school room at St.
Benedict’s. All are welcome to come and spend time sitting in silence.
Intrigued but have questions? There are people available, starting at 3:45, to answer your ques-
tions. For more information about Centering Prayer, click HERE
SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT AND ADULT EDUCATION
"Why I Disobey My Bishop" By Saint Hildegard of Bingen, Patron of Excommunicated and "Why I Disobey My Bishop" By Saint Hildegard of Bingen, Patron of Excommunicated and Alienated Catholics--- Hildegard of Bingen, Ebingen Abbey--
"Why I Disobey My Bishop" by St. Hildegard of Bingen/
Patron Saint of
Excommunicated and Alienated Catholics
This fiery little tirade was written by St. Hildegard of Bingen (1098 - 1179) whose monastery was placed under interdict by the local bishop! Hildegard challenged the pope, bishops and civil leaders of her times, unafraid of the consequences. She is the patron of all who speak truth to power including "whistle blowers," Catholics who follow conscience and disobey unjust laws, and the many today who are excommunicated! Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP,www.arcwp.org"Flame of Anger"You ask why I disobey you, my bishop;I answer in a spirit of prayer,As I hope you did too in addressing me.I, the Abbess, disobey, and all my sisters choose to disobey,Because in such obedience is only darkness.In our disobedience is light for our spirits,So has God shownz us.I am not just disobedient,I am outraged.A thunderstorm of outrage shakes my soul.In God’s truth I say to you:‘You are wrong and we are right.’We are obeying Christ,We are following Christ,We choose not to insult Christ,As obeying you would force us to do.Because of what you call our disobedience,You have forbidden us to sing our psalms.You have deprived us of the Food of Life.You have cut off the streams of life, the sacramental graces.God told me to tell you this also:Beware of closing the mouths of those who sing God’s praises.‘Who dares to de-string the harp of heaven?’ God asked me.‘Only the devil,’ I whispered.Ask yourself, O bishop, whose side are you on?Excerpts from Letter to the Bishop written by Hildegarde of Bingen aged 80