Prologue to the Rule of St Benedict
11th July is the liturgical feast of St Benedict of Nursia.
Benedict was born in the year 480, in the province of Nursia, Italy. The Roman Empire had come to an end only four years before, in 476, and thus the young Benedict grew up in a country where the decay of the old Roman civilisation was in evidence everywhere. His parents were Christian and sent him to study law in Rome when he was about sixteen years of age. However, the atmosphere of the great city shocked and depressed him. He decided to leave Rome and for a short time joined a small group of like-minded young men at a place called Enfide. His companions called themselves monks, but they followed no rule, each apparently ordering his life as he wished. Not satisfied with this situation, Benedict, though still under twenty, resolved to lead the more strict life of a hermit. According to the testimony of his first biographer, Pope St Gregory the Great, Benedict found a narrow cave at a place called Subiaco, where he spent three years in solitude and prayer.
Other reflections about St Benedict:
- The Anchoress reflects on being a Benedictine Oblate in 2010 and 2011 but also has links for reflections by Pope Benedict on the contribution of St Benedict to Western civilization as well as why Joseph Ratzinger took the papal name Benedict.
- Frank Webster over at Why I am Catholic reflects on Tips on Fatherhood from St Benedict.
- Digitalnun reflects on the St Benedict Patron of Europe
- Dr Lilles has a interesting reflection on St Benedict and reliance on God.
- Stillsong Hermitage reflects on "Unlearning possession".
- Happy feast of St Benedict - The Anchoress