October 3 - Saint Gerard of Brogne
Gerard was from a wealthy family of dukes, but was always simple and accessible to others. One day he realized the joy produced from praying, being close to God, and in dialogue with him and decided to dedicate his entire life to this by becoming a monk. He established a monastery in his family’s property in Brogne, France. It was good place, but to Gerald it seemed to have too much activity, so he became a hermit in order to live in silence. However, his superiors sent him to other monasteries to reform monks who perhaps were turning away from their rule. St. Gerard did this for 20 years, encouraging other monks to return to their commitment. He died in 959.
Have you ever felt a great joy in prayer? Do you dedicate time every day to praying? What is prayer for you?