Which is where this call to humility, Benedict of Nursia
's sixth-century program of spiritual development, reads like a blueprint for social disaster.
On Wednesday, July 11, at 10.30am our midweek Communion service commemorates Benedict of Nursia
Benedict, a book of precepts composed by the sixth-century father of Western monasticism, Benedict of Nursia
, in response to the collapse of Roman civilization.
In the sixth century, Benedict of Nursia
composed his Rule, a guide for ensuring the optimal health and function of monastic societies.
Taking Saint Benedict of Nursia
as a guide, Professor Fletcher insists that those in the autumn of their lives still have much to contribute to society and to those around them, even when they are ill and dependent.
He describes the principles of late ancient sacred reading (lectio divina) in the writings of two founders of the discipline, John Cassian and Benedict of Nursia
; how AugustineAEs idea of the self is a combination of elements from this discipline as well as his thinking about the creative imagination; the use of inner dialogue for seeking self-knowledge and ethical guidelines for life; the relationship between soul and self in two early works of Augustine (De Immortalitate Animae and De Quantitate Animae) and his reinterpretation of the Platonic notion of reminiscence as a type of literary memory; and the use of meditative and contemplative techniques in contemporary alternative medicine, which are based on Christian and non-Christian traditions.
Benedict of Nursia
, the sixth-century founder of monastic communities in Italy.
The formerly Catholic and now Eastern Orthodox journalist and writer, Rod Dreher, has called for traditional Christians of all stripes to take the "Benedict Option," a notion inspired by Alasdair MacIntyre's suggestion in After Virtue that, in the face of the failure of the modern liberal project, "we await a new, doubtless very different, Benedict." Dreher's notion is a kind of imitation of Benedict of Nursia
for Christians as a whole.
Benedict of Nursia
, who made the divine office a central part of Benedictine spirituality.
Men and women who followed the rule set out by Benedict of Nursia
The Pope chose the pontifical name Benedict, which comes from the Latin word meaning "the blessed", in honour of both Pope Benedict XV and Saint Benedict of Nursia