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For the children of Israel, Moses was the leader.Â He was the man of God who had authority and who was called by God to lead his people out of slavery.Â Â He was called to serve and protect the people of God.
In Exodus 17, Israel was attacked by the Amalekites and Moses directed Joshua, his second in command, to gather an army of men who would fight against Amalek.Â During the battle Moses ascended to the top of a hill to observe the battle and pray for the Israelite army.Â So long as Mosesâ€™ hands were lifted up in prayer, the battle went well.Â But when he lowered his hands, the enemy prevailed.
After awhile Moses grew weary; his arms grew tired and he was unable to lift them up himself.Â He needed someone to assist him.Â So Aaron and Hur, who had joined him on the hill, helped him lift up his arms.Â They helped the servant of God ensure victory for His people.
The image of Aaron and Hur supporting Moses provides a vivid analogy for how you might support the monks of St. Benedictâ€™s Abbey.Â Just as Aaron and Hur lifted up Mosesâ€™ arms, you can lift up the monks as they pray and work for the glory of God.
Thatâ€™s how weâ€™d like to think of the Society of St. Benedict. As our motto states:Â We serve the men who serve the Church.
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In St. Benedict,
Executive Director of Development
St. Benedict's Abbey