In this way, this speech connects many of the play’s main themes, including the idea of suicide and death, the difficulty of knowing the truth in a spiritually ambiguous universe, and the connection between thought and action. In addition to its crucial thematic content, this speech is important for what it reveals about the quality of Hamlet’s mind. His deeply passionate nature is complemented by a relentlessly logical intellect, which works furiously to find a solution to his misery. He has turned to religion and found it inadequate to help him either kill himself or resolve to kill Claudius. Here, he turns to a logical philosophical inquiry and finds it equally frustrating.
St. Placid was a disciple of St. Benedict from his earliest youth. Today we will focus on the great miracle involving St. Benedict, St. Placid, another disciple of St. Benedict’s, St. Maurus. Young Placid had been sent to fetch some water, and he ended up falling into the lake and being carried out into the depths. St. Benedict immediately had a vision of the lad’s plight and called St. Maurus and told him to run out and save young Placid. Maurus, in obediaence, did exactly that – BY RUNNING ACROSS THE SURFACE OF THE WATER. This is the only other officially recorded instance of walking on water apart from when Our Lord and St. Peter took their stroll on the Sea of Galilee.