Wednesday, July 11, 2007

St Benedict of Nursia

I was intending to post a quite long and informative note on St Benedict, it being his feast day and all, but as I might have guessed, that Pesky Panamanian Priest has got there first with another of his high-class hagiographical highlights.

Do read this - superb stuff - we owe so much to St Benedict, who must go down as the man whose work laid the foundations for the religious life as we know it. As Padre Mickey says, "Today is the feast of St. Benedict of Nursia. He is important because he really helped establish monasticism in the form which spread throughout Europe in the Middle Ages and helped civilize much of Europe. The Rule he developed is the Rule of Life used by many monastic orders even to this day..."

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