Saint Benedict of Nursia

Saint Benedict of Nursia.

He was born around 480 A.D. in Norcia, Italy and died on the 21st of March 543 A.D. at Monte Cassino. Benedict is considered the Father of Western Monasticism and is very well known for his Rule of Saint Benedict. One of the things which sets Benedict apart is his wisdom and prudence. Thus his rule was marked by moderation and balance which resulted in many religious communities using it as their own rule. This allowed the Rule of Saint Benedict to become one of the most influential rules in the Roman Catholic Church. He is the patron saint of Engineers, Dying People, Farmers, Monks, School Children and Spelunkers. His intercession is invoked against poison, witchcraft, fever, Gall Stones, Inflammatory diseases and Kidney disease.


From the Rule of Saint Benedict