Their judgment was based more upon blind wishing than upon sound reasoning. For it is a habit of mankind to entrust to careless hope what they long for, and to thrust aside what they do not fancy. — Thucydides

Life of St. Benedict - F. A. Forbes



This book tells the story of St. Benedict, the founder of western Monasticism. He was born in the late fifth century as barbarians from the north and east overran the ruins of the fallen Roman empire and laid waste to the last vestiges of civilization. From this ruin, Benedict established an order of religious communities that survived the wreck of the dark ages.

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St. Benedict
ST. BENEDICT, FATHER OF THE MONKS.


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"Then life is to wake, not sleep,

Rise, and not rest, but press

From earth's level, where blindly creep

Things perfected, more or less

To the Heaven's height, far and steep."

—Robert Browning



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