Sunday, October 09, 2011

Saints and Scripture Ora et Labora

"Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve." --Colossians 3:23,24

Ora et Labora in today's world.
St Benedict in the rule he wrote for his monks over 1,000 years ago, (It is still used by religious orders to this day) emphasize "ora et labora"; in English "prayer and work". He understood that work can be prayer and he exhorted his monks, as do many abbots today, to make their work into prayer. Its often joked amongst Benedictines and Trappists that the motto of St Benedict is "Ora et labora and some mora labora". The daily prayers of the monks are even described as "opus Dei" or the work of God.
Talents were originally a coin. We have taken that word and used it as a metaphor for those abilities and other blessings from the Lord. Clearly from the Parable of the Talents and the passage above we are to invest these talents in such a way to glorify the Lord God.

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