Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 22: SAINT BENEDICT

Benedict_of_Nursia

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SAINT BENEDICT

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known as the founder

of western monasticism,

great missionary

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NOTE: Saint Benedict was a 6th-century Italian monk. In the Rule of Saint Benedict, which most Western Catholic monks follow, the monks are contemplatives, they live in a cloister, and they pray in a group many times a day. Lots of pagans were around Monte Cassino when Saint Benedict founded his monastery there, and so Saint Benedict acted as a missionary, converting pagans to Christianity. Saint Benedict was a great missionary. Why? He was a contemplative. Contemplatives pray, and they have discipline. They have roots in spiritual discipline. Dante suggests that it is a good idea for us to be also rooted in spiritual discipline. If you want to make positive changes in the world, you need to have good roots.

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