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Benedict of Nursia

Benedict of Nursia, Abbot of Monte Cassino, 480-547

Benedict was born in the town of Nursia, near Rome. At the age of 20 he left home and lived three years as a hermit in a desolate cave. There he practiced severe asceticism,

maturing in both mind and character. Though he had little contact with the outside world, he gained a reputation for his holy life and discipline. Eventually he was asked to

lead a monastery in a remote near Monte Cassino. Drawing on older resources and the wisdom of experience, Benedict outlined in his rule a simple way of life for monks

centered on praying the daily office, studying Scripture, engaging in common labor for the good of the community, and performing works of charity. His vision of the Holy life became the standard for Western monasticism and a model for how to live simply—in health, wholeness, and community.


Almighty and everlasting God, your precepts are the wisdom of a loving Father: Give us grace, following the teaching and example of your servant Benedict, to walk with loving and willing hearts in the school of the Lord’s service; let your ears be open our prayers, and prosper with your blessing the work of your hands;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. AMEN.

Scripture: Luke 14: 27-33

If anyone comes to me and does not hate his Father and Mother, his children, and even his own life, cannot be my a disciple of mine.


The saints never feared to undertake any work on behalf of God, no matter how difficult, because they relied for assistance and support wholly upon prayer. What task or project could you and the Lord undertake and accomplish?

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