The Life of Saint Benedict highlights the saint known as the founder of Western monasticism, Benedict of Nursia. The volume begins with an introduction to St. Benedict, and then narrates the events of his life and the writing of the “Rule of Saint Benedict,” which shaped monasticism as we know it today. Describing numerous miracles, visions, and prophecies attributed to the saint, The Life of Saint Benedict also details monastic life, Benedict’s interactions with his brother monks, the miracle at the death of his sister, St. Scholastica. Written in the early medieval period by Gregory the Great, this account of St. Benedict’s life has been a treasured part of the Christian tradition for almost two thousand years.
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- Detailed narrative of a significant early Church Father
- Insight into the foundation of Western monasticism
- Written from the perspective of an early medieval pontiff, Gregory the Great
- Title: The Life of Saint Benedict
- Author: Gregory the Great
- Translator: P. Aurelius McMahon
- Publisher: John Murphy and Company
- Publication Date: 1880
- Pages: 230
About Gregory the Great
Gregory the Great (c. AD 540–AD 604) was born into Roman nobility and was prefect of Rome before converting the family estate into a monastery dedicated to St. Andrew, where he remained until AD 579, when he was appointed as apocrisiarius to Constantinople. He began his papacy in AD 590 under the name Pope Gregory I.
Gregory was a great leader, with successful missionary campaigns that changed the reach of Christianity in Europe. He was also an able reformer, and was known as “the Father of Christian Worship” for his work in developing the liturgy of his day. Upon his death, he was immediately declared a saint by popular acclamation, and is venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican and some Lutheran churches. Much of Gregory’s abundant work has survived, including Morals on the Book of Job and Dialogues.
About St. Benedict of Nursia
St. Benedict of Nursia (AD 480–AD 547) founded several monastic communities outside Rome and in other areas of southern Italy. He is often called the founder of Western monasticism due to his work, the “Rule of Saint Benedict,” which greatly influenced the way of life in religious communities. He is venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran churches.