Benedict of Nursia (c. 480 – 543 or 547 AD) is a Christian saint and the patron saint of Europe. His “Rule of Saint Benedict,” containing precepts for his monks, became one of the most influential religious rules in Western Christendom. For this reason, Benedict is often called the founder of Western monasticism.

Opting for Saint Benedict in an Ordinary Parish

By |2019-01-27T15:26:18-05:00August 4th, 2018|

Like Saint Benedict we’re not trying to change the whole world. We’re simply doing what we can with what we have where we are… I first encountered Saint Benedict while I was a student at Oxford. I had enrolled to train as a priest in the Church of England, but a Catholic woman in [...]

With Hearts Expanded

By |2019-01-27T15:31:24-05:00July 11th, 2018|

Having then, brethren, asked the Lord who it is that shall dwell in His tabernacle, we have heard what He commands to those who wish to dwell there; and if we fulfill those commands, we shall be heirs of the kingdom of heaven. […]

Rebuilding Western Civilization: A Tale of Two Monasteries

By |2019-03-05T12:06:13-05:00July 7th, 2018|

The three vows of the Benedictine monk are obedience, stability, and conversion of life. In our own ways, we can follow this example, making it real by paying attention to prayer, cracking the books in solid study, and rolling up our sleeves in the honest, hard work of rebuilding what has fallen into despair [...]

A Sonnet for St. Benedict

By |2019-03-05T14:55:43-05:00July 11th, 2017|

On July the 11th the Church celebrates the feast of St. Benedict of Nursia, the gentle founder of the Benedictine order and by extension the father of Monasticism. A moderate and modest man he would have been astonished to learn that his ‘simple school for prayer, ’his ‘modest rule for beginners’ led to the foundation of communities [...]

The Benedict Option & the Barbarians at the Gate

By |2019-01-27T15:30:19-05:00June 25th, 2017|

If we truly desire the Benedict Option, then let us not withdraw from modernity, for strategic retreats easily turn into routs. Let us rather engage our neo-barbarian culture by both cultivating our Benedictine identity when projecting Boniface’s strength. It is the only option… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity [...]

Benedict Means Business

By |2019-01-27T15:30:20-05:00September 25th, 2016|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Dwight Longenecker as he explains the importance of applying St. Benedict’s Rule to the business world. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher It seems a far cry from a sixth-century hermitage to the world of twenty-first century business. But the outlines of [...]

Gradually Restoring the World

By |2019-01-27T15:33:49-05:00July 11th, 2016|

St. Benedict found the world, physical and social, in ruins, and his mission was to restore it in the way not of science, but of nature, not as if setting about to do it, not professing to do it by any set time, or by any rare specific, or by any series of strokes, but [...]

Benedict Means Business

By |2019-01-27T15:30:22-05:00November 15th, 2015|

It seems a far cry from a sixth-century hermitage to the world of twenty-first century business. But the outlines of Benedict’s life and work speak to our world with great relevance. Benedict was born around the year 480 into a noble and wealthy family. As a young man he was sent to Rome to [...]

Benedict the Balanced

By |2019-01-27T15:30:22-05:00April 4th, 2014|

In the summer of 1987 I had three months free, and decided to make a hitch-hiking pilgrimage to Jerusalem. I had visited Benedictine monasteries in England and decided to stay in monasteries and convents all along the route. It was a glorious summer and I had an excellent adventure. One of the best parts [...]