It’s indeed unfortunate that we lack a contemporary biography of Saint Benedict, the individual who has been most influential to Western monasticism. Although St. Gregory briefly depicts Benedict in his later Dialogues, these writings focus more on the miraculous aspects of Benedict’s life rather than providing a comprehensive biography.

Saint Benedict, born into an esteemed family in central Italy, was drawn to the monastic life early on. He studied in Rome but was disheartened by the state of the world – pagan armies on the move, the Church in schism, war causing suffering among the people, and morality sinking to new lows.

Initially, Benedict chose the life of a hermit, but he soon realized that solitude was no more attainable in a small town than in a bustling city. Consequently, he retreated to a mountain cave for three years. Although some monks invited him to lead them for a period, they found his strict regimen disagreeable. Despite this, Benedict started transitioning from a hermit’s lifestyle to a communal one. His vision was to bring together diverse groups of monks into a single ‘Grand Monastery.’ The aim was to foster unity, brotherhood, and continuous worship under one roof.

Ultimately, Benedict commenced the construction of what would eventually become one of the world’s most renowned monasteries—Monte Cassino, situated in a commanding position overlooking three valleys that stretched towards the mountains north of Naples.

Benedict’s Rule, which evolved over time, advocated a balanced life of liturgical prayer, study, manual labor, and communal living under a shared father (abbot). Benedictine asceticism is praised for its temperance, and the Benedictines are known for their commitment to the welfare of the local communities. Over the course of the Middle Ages, all Western monasticism was gradually brought under Saint Benedict’s Rule.

In the present day, the Benedictine family is represented by two main branches: the Benedictine Federation and the Cistercians.

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  1. Holy Mother of God, the Blessed Trinity, all the Sains, and Angels, in God’s Heaven, please pray for the end of abortion, we need your prayers, to save our babies, that will worship God, forever, and ever.

  2. to Our BLessed MOTHER TOGETHER WITH hER Prayers save the entire world St Benedict intercede for us , the world seems today as it was in your day – please help us to pray and realise that only prayers especially the Holy Rosary together with Our Holy Mother can save the world

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    — Please continue to pray for my family as there is much breaking up in the younger generation- THANK YOU

  3. Dear St. Benedict, Please intercede for my younger girl, who is having a hard time finding a job, and just finding her way as a writer and in life in general. Please intercede with Our Lord to send his Holy Spirit to guide her.

  4. Saint Benedict is awesome ! His prayers and example were feared by the practitioners of witchcraft during the dark ages!!!

  5. Saint Benedict and Saint Scholastica, pray for us. Protect my twin sons. Bring them joy through Faith, Hope, Charity. Render the evil one ineffective with cruel lies and temptation and wickedness. Bring all twins perfect confidence in Christ Jesus. Amen.

  6. It is darkness that teaches us the beauty of the light, it is light that teaches us the beauty of the darkness & it is the darkness & light that teaches us the beauty of the rainbow or shades of Grey. Love one another Love you. Peace Love & Perspicacious visions and actions of reality and separate realities. Preach the Gospel and whenever necessary use words. Teach Love & whenever necessary use words.


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