'If we do not venture to approach men who are in power, except with humility and reverence, when we wish to ask a favor, how must we beseech the Lord God of all things with all humility and purity of devotion? And let us be assured that it is not in many words, but in the purity of heart and tears of compunction that we are heard.'
St. Benedict, founder of western monasticism. Feast day July 11.Painting: From Monte Olivieto Magiorre, St. Benedict
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