By Monica, The Lamb Catholic Worker, Columbus, Ohio
In the Divine Office Liturgy of the Hours for today, on the feast of St. Benedict (Dorothy Day was a Benedictine Oblate) is the following prophecy from Isaiah - the build-up lends to its power and truth:
"In the days to come,
the mountain of the Lord's house
shall be the highest mountain
and raised above the hills.
All the nations shall stream toward it;
many peoples shall come and say:
'Come, let us climb the Lord's mountain,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may instruct us in his ways,
and we may walk in his paths.'
For from Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
and impose terms on many peoples.
They shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks;
one nation shall not raise the sword against
nor shall they train for war again.
O house of Jacob come,
let us walk in the light of the Lord!"
- Isaiah 2:2-5
The link below is partly an interview with Tom Siemer (Monica's Father) promoting beating our drone "swords" into plowshares:
On this feast of my beloved St. Benedict, the "Father of Western Monasticism," there is so much to be appreciated in his message and way of life. A key snippet on the walls of most Catholic Worker Houses is his concept of "Ora et Labora," the balance between work and prayer.
|Saints Louis and Zelie Martin, parents of St. Teresa de Lisieux|
(far right) cultivated deep prayer lives in their many daughters
- five became religious sisters- getting up at 5:00 for daily mass