St. Benedict of Nursia

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Benedict of Nursia (480-548), commonly known as Saint Benedict, was a Catholic monk who founded twelve communities for monks as well as the Order of St Benedict, a monastic religious order referred to as the Benedictines. Benedict’s main achievement, his “Rule of Saint Benedict”, contains a set of rules for his monks to follow. Heavily influenced by the writings of John Cassian, it shows strong affinity with the Rule of the Master, but it also has a unique spirit of balance, moderation and reasonableness (ἐπιείκεια, epieíkeia), which persuaded most Christian religious communities founded throughout the Middle Ages to adopt it. As a result, his Rule became one of the most influential religious rules in Western Christendom.


  • The Rule of St. Benedict

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