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“About that time, a middle-class young Italian named Benedict left his home in Nursia to go to school in Rome only to find that the Empire which had been centered there was almost completely gone.”
“Born in Mainz around the year 780, Rabanus entered the monastery when he was still very young: the name Maurus was given him precisely in reference to the young Maurus who, according to the second book of St. Gregory the Great's "Dialogues," had been given at a very young age to the abbot Benedict of Nursia by his own parents, who were Roman nobles.”
“Benedict of Nursia wrote, "Say alleluia always, no matter the time of day, no matter the season of life.”
“In his seminal Rule for the religious life, the sixth-century Saint Benedict of Nursia enjoined his followers to “let all guests that come be received like Christ Himself.””
“Long before the thirteenth century, the Opus Dei (also known as the Divine Office) was divided into eight daily offices or services, based on the canonical hours. 75 In the sixth century, Benedict of Nursia created his Rule for Monks around the celebration of the Divine Office, and at the center he placed the Psalter.”
“He gave a speech evoking "the city on the mountain" where Benedict of Nursia had gone on sojourn from Rome 1,500 years earlier — the place where, at a dark time for the Christian faith in Europe, he had "gathered together the forces from which a new world was formed.”
“Benedict of Nursia, one of the best-known saints with that name, lived from about 480 to 550.”
“Benedict of Nursia built his community by drawing answers from the trust in the community itself.”
“If this pope, if Pope Benedict XVI, is really modeling himself after Benedict of Nursia, then we probably don't have as much to be concerned about as we carry tonight.”
“And by the way, Benedict of Nursia, please remember, had a sister by the name of Scholastica, and he treated her as an equal.”
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