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....

The Passing of Saint Benedict

March 21 – The Passing of St. Benedict – He died at Monte Cassino, Italy, while standing in prayer to God. According to tradition, this occurred on March 21, 547. Gregory the Great tells us: “On the sixth day he had his disciples carry him into the chapel. There he fortified himself against...

Saint Benedict, Abbot

Lauds – Short Lesson I appeal to you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is...

First Vespers of Saint Benedict, Abbot

First Vespers of St. Benedict, Abbot – Lesson – But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them...

The Passing of Saint Benedict

The Passing of St. Benedict – March 21 – He died at Monte Cassino, Italy, while standing in prayer to God. According to tradition, this occurred on March 21, 547. Gregory the Great tells us: “On the sixth day he had his disciples carry him into the chapel. There he fortified himself against...

The Rule of Saint Benedict

Monday Housekeeping – Daily life at St. Augustine’s House – On this day on which we remember Saint Benedict, it is particularly fitting to ponder his “rule”. Some of it is read every day at “Little Chapter” as we hear, what else? …a chapter from Benedict’s Holy Rule. Read it here: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/benedict/rule