Day Two: Thursday, October 10

Reflection: Today we turn to our venerable founding order and reflect on an excerpt from the Rule of Saint Benedict, chapter 53:

"Let all guests who arrive be received like Christ, for He is going to say, "I came as a guest, and you received Me" (Matt. 25:35).  And to all let due honor be shown, especially to the domestics of the faith and to pilgrims. ....In the salutation of all guests, whether arriving or departing, let all humility be shown.  Let the head be bowed or the whole body prostrated on the ground in adoration of Christ, who indeed is received in their persons....Let the Abbot give the guests water for their hands; and let both Abbot and community wash the feet of all guests.  After the washing of the feet let them say this verse: "We have received Your mercy, O God, in the midst of Your temple" (Ps.47 [48]:10). In the reception of the poor and of pilgrims the greatest care and solicitude should be shown, because it is especially in them that Christ is received; for as far as the rich are concerned, the very fear which they inspire wins respect for them."

Intercession: O dear St. Benedict, you teach us to welcome the stranger with the warmth and respect we would give Christ himself. Teach us to treat our guests with the heartfelt hospitality that wraps them in the warmth of Christ's embrace. Teach us to listen with the ear of the caring heart authentically interested in their wellbeing.  And make our community a consoling place where the sorrowful may find strength and solace amidst their sufferings. Amen.

Pray the Our Father, 3 Hail Mary's, and Glory Be.

Action: Greet those you encounter with a smile, hold the door, ask them how they are, and wish them well on their way.

We thought a novena to be a particularly special way for the Saint Anselm Community to prepare for and celebrate the Inauguration of our tenth President, Dr. Steven DiSalvo.  Together, whether near or far, the Saint Anselm family can be in prayer for these nine days.  The Novena will begin on Wednesday, October 9 and conclude on Thursday, October 17, we will then gather (here on campus or via live feed) on October 18 for the Inaugural Mass. Read more »