Saint Benedict of Nursia

 Saint Benedict chaplet information

Also Known as:
Benedict of Narsia
Benedict of Norsia
Benedetto da Norcia
Founder of Western Monasticism Memorial: 11 July (Latin Rite)
21 March (Benedictine monks and nuns)
14 March (Byzantine Rite)

Profile Born to the Roman nobility. Twin brother of Saint Scholastica. Studied in Rome, Italy, but was dismayed by the lack of discipline and the lackadasical attitude of his fellow students. Fled to the mountains near Subiaco, living as a hermit in a cave for three years; reported to have been fed by a raven. His virtues caused an abbey to request him to lead them. Founded the monastery at Monte Cassino, where he wrote the Rule of his order. His discipline was such that an attempt was made on his life; some monks tried by poison him, but he blessed the cup and rendered it harmless. He returned to his cave, but continued to attract followers, and eventually established twelve monasteries. Had the ability to read consciences, the gift of prophesy, and could forestall attacks of the devil. Destroyed pagan statues and altars, drove demons from groves sacred to pagans. At one point there were over 40,000 monasteries guided by the Benedictine Rule. A summation of the Rule: "Pray and work."

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Born: c.480, Narsia, Umbria, Italy
Died : 21 March 547 of a fever while in prayer at Monte Cassino, Italy buried beneath the high altar there in the same tomb as Saint Scholastica
Name Meaning: blessed (= benedict)
Canonized: 1220 by Pope Honorius III

Patronage against erysipelas, against fever,against gall stones,against inflammatory diseases against kidney disease, against nettle rash, against poison, against temptations, against, witchcraft, agricultural workers, cavers, civil engineers, coppersmiths, dying people, Europe, farm workers, farmers, Heerdt, Germany, Italian architects, monks,Norcia, Italy, people in religious orders,schoolchildren, servants who have broken their master's belongings, speliologists, spelunkers, students, Subiaco, Italy

Prayer ought to be short and pure, unless it be prolonged by the inspiration of Divine grace. - Saint Benedict Girded with a faith, and the performance of good works, let us follow in Christ's path by the guidance of the Gospel; then we shall deserve to see him "who has called us into his kingdom." If we wish to attain a dwelling place in his kingdom, we shall not reach it unless we hasten there by our good deeds. Just as there exists an evil fervor, a bitter spirit, which divides us from God and leads us to hell, so there is a good fervor which sets us apart from evil inclinations and leads us toward God and eternal life. No one should follow what he considers to be good for himself, but rather what seems good for another. Let them put Christ before all else; and may he lead us all to everlasting life. - from the Rule of Saint Benedict

Picture and History taken from:
(Jones, Terry H. Patron Saints Index. 2002. (11-12, 2002)
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