*** *** *** “Idleness is the enemy of the soul; and therefore the brethren ought to be employed in manual labor at certain times, at others, in devout reading.” (from the Rule of St. Benedict)

— Known as the “Father of Western Monasticism,” St. Benedict of Nursia (480-547) was a visionary. His instruction on religious life, known as the “Rule of St. Benedict,” is still directing monastic life today. ‘The Rule’ is also widely read by those outside the monastic community who seek “to do battle for Christ the Lord, the true King.” Its wisdom emphasizes balance and moderation; through prayer, work, and simplicity.
— St. Benedict founded the Abbey at Montecassino and was named Patron Saint of Europe for his influence on the formation of Christendom.