“The Life of St. Benedict pt 1”
We begin the reflection of the life of St. Benedict by using the biography penned by St. Gregory the Great. This episode looks at the pivotal discernment he made as a young man to pursue the religious life. The aspect of detachment from our earthly family, particularly our earthly fathers, in favor of our Heavenly Father, is explored by Fr. Mauritius.
THERE was a man of venerable life, Benedict by name and grace, who from the time
of his very childhood carried the heart of an old man. His demeanour indeed surpassing
his age, he gave himself no disport or pleasure, but living here upon earth he despised the
world with all the glory thereof, at such time as he might have most freely enjoyed it. He
was born in the province of Nursia of honourable parentage and sent to Rome to study the
liberal sciences. But when he saw there many through the uneven paths of vice run headlong
to their own ruin, he drew back his foot, but new-set in the world, lest, in the search of human
knowledge, he might also fall into the same dangerous precipice. Contemning therefore
learning and studies and abandoning his father’s house and goods, he desired only to please
God in a virtuous life. Therefore he departed skilfully ignorant and wisely unlearned.
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