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.
ST. BENEDICT, FATHER OF THE MONKS.
"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."