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* Glenstal Menologium:
Winoc Mertens, Born 1893, Professed monk of Maredsous 1914. One of Glenstal founding monks. Died 1978 & and buried in Glenstal.

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* ST BENEDICTST BENEDICT

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Lord, by your grace
Saint Benedict became a great teacher
in the school of your service.

Grant that we, like him may put nothing before our love of you.
Let us be constantly attentive to your promptings
listening with the ear of our heart,
that we may walk eagerly on the path you lead us.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


* Glenstal MartyrologyBenedict of Nursia is the great father of Western Monasticism and rule-giver for cenobitic monks. His purpose may be gleaned from his Rule; namely, that "Christ ... may bring us all alike to eternal life." Benedict was canonized by Pope Honorius III in the year 1220. He founded twelve communities for monks, the best known of which is the monastery at Monte Cassino in the mountains of southern Italy. There is no evidence that he intended to found a religious order. Benedict's main achievement is his "Rule", containing precepts for his monks. It is heavily influenced by the writings of John Cassian, and shows strong affinity with the Rule of the Master. But it also has a unique spirit of balance, moderation and reasonableness, and this persuaded most monastic communities throughout the Middle Ages to adopt it. As a result, the Rule of Benedict became the most influential monastic rule in Western Christendom. For this reason Benedict is often called the founder of Western Christian Monasticism.

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The anniversary of the issue of the brief Summum semper by Pope Leo XIII on July 1983, establishing the Confederation of Benedictine Congregations, and nominating the Abbot of Maredsous, Dom Hildebrand de Hempetinne as first primate and Abbot of Sant' Anselmo.
This decision of Leo XIII was the outcome of many unofficial feelers towards unification from about 1853 on. By 1893 the building of the new Sant' Anselmo was in progress and was finished in 1896.

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* St HenrySt Henry

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* Glenstal Martyrology St Henry II, Emperor. Born in 973 Henry was crowned Holy Roman Emperor in 1014. He was ardent for the reform of the Church, took part in synods, founded monasteries and appointed bishops of integrity to the sees in his empire.

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* Glenstal Martyrology In Bonaventure's theological reflection, an ardent desire for God, the Franciscan spirit, and scholastic theological methods all meet, with exciting results. Guided constantly by Scripture, where he was convinced he would find all that humanity can know about God, he traced out an itinerary for exploration of the divine. For him, the contemplation of God's fingerprints in creation should go hand in hand with the search for the Creator's presence in human beings, who are made in God's image and likeness. What emerged was a striking synthesis between nascent medieval speculative theology and the mysticism typical of Cistercian monasticism, with its focus on the inner life. Bonaventure was named bishop of Albano and participated in the Council of Lyon, where efforts were made to seek a union with Byzantine Christians. He died in Lyon a week after the Council ended.

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* Glenstal Menologium: Br Christopher Lacey, Kildare, died 1948. He was first to be buried in the cemetery.

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* Glenstal Menologium: Fr Cornelius Doherty, Co Clare, born 1932, died 1967 Lourdes.
Fr Kevin Healy, born 1933, professed 1951, died and buried Nigeria 1999.

           
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— Rule of Benedict
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