Saint Benedict, Abbot

July 11 – St. Benedict, Abbot

Benedict’s main achievement is his “Rule”, containing precepts for his monks. It has a unique spirit of balance, moderation and reasonableness (ἐπιείκεια, epieikeia), and this persuaded most religious communities founded throughout the Middle Ages to adopt it. Benedict is often called the founder of western Christian monasticism.

Read the Rule of St. Benedict: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/benedict/rule2/files/rule2.html/

“Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for edifying, as fits the occasion, that it may impart grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”

Image: St. Benedict delivering his rule to the monks of his order