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.
Whatever a person’s place in life, Saint Benedict offers a “little Rule for beginners.” The principles of the spiritual life which he sets down put us down firmly in life right where we are. By paralleling family and monastery, today’s reader can glean simple yet practical wisdom for, as well as extraordinary insight into, the [...]