St. Benedict of Nursia

The witness of Scholastica: Ask!

If you have ever felt overshadowed by a sibling, you can find a patroness in the woman whose feast we celebrate on February 10, St. Scholastica. You might be a little more familiar with her twin brother, St. Benedict. The most famous story about St. Scholastica is found in the Dialogues of St. Gregory the Great, which contains a series […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Gregory the Great

St. Benedict of Nursia and St. Scholastica of Nursia Church of St. Gabriel - Prague

“Scholastica, the sister of Saint Benedict, had been consecrated to God from her earliest years. She was accustomed to visiting her brother once a year. He would come down to meet her at a place on the monastery property, not far outside the gate. “One day she came as usual and her saintly brother went with some of his disciples; […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Benedict of Nursia

"Saint Benedict of Nursia" by Fra Angelico

“The first degree of humility is prompt obedience.” (St. Benedict of Nursia; The Rule of St. Benedict) July 11 is the Memorial of St. Benedict of Nursia, Abbot (480 – 547). If you liked this quote, please share it with your friends and family using the Share and Recommend buttons below and via email. We value your comments and encourage you […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Gregory the Great

St. Benedict of Nursia and St. Scholastica of Nursia

“Scholastica, the sister of Saint Benedict, had been consecrated to God from her earliest years. She was accustomed to visiting her brother once a year. He would come down to meet her at a place on the monastery property, not far outside the gate. “One day she came as usual and her saintly brother went with some of his disciples; […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Benedict of Nursia

"Saint Benedict of Nursia" by Fra Angelico

“The first degree of humility is prompt obedience.” (St. Benedict of Nursia; The Rule of St. Benedict) Please help us in our mission to assist readers to integrate their Catholic faith, family and work. Tell your family and friends about this article using both the Share and the Recommend buttons below and via email. We value your comments and encourage you […]

St. Benedict for Beginners – The Twelfth Step to Humility

"Saint Benedict of Nursia" by Fra Angelico

This is the eighteeth in a series on St. Benedict for Beginners. – The Editors The Twelfth Step to Humility ‘The twelfth step of humility is not only that the monk should be humble of heart, but also that in his appearance his humility should be apparent.’ There is a saying in monasteries that “the habit does not make the monk.” […]

St. Benedict for Beginners – The Eleventh Step to Humility

"Saint Benedict of Nursia" by Fra Angelico

This is the seventeeth in a series on St. Benedict for Beginners. – The Editors The Eleventh Step to Humility ‘The eleventh step of humility is that the monks quietly and with a few words for “the wise man is known for his few words.’ A monk is the original strong, silent type.  Benedict echoes the words of the New Testament […]

St. Benedict for Beginners – The Tenth Step to Humility

"Saint Benedict of Nursia" by Fra Angelico

This is the sixteenth in a series on St. Benedict for Beginners. – The Editors The Tenth Step to Humility ‘The tenth step of humility is that he should not be ready and quick to laughter, for it is written, “The fool raises his voice in laughter.’ St. Benedict is not against laughter and joy. He is against the kind of […]

St. Benedict for Beginners – The Ninth Step to Humility

"Saint Benedict of Nursia" by Fra Angelico

This is the fifteenth in a series on St. Benedict for Beginners. – The Editors The Ninth Step to Humility ‘The ninth step of humility is that a monk should keep his tongue from talking; he should preserve silence.’ Monks are famous for their vows of silence, and there is much wisdom in the tradition. Benedict is not recommending silence for […]

St. Benedict for Beginners – The Eighth Step to Humility

This is the fourteenth in a series on St. Benedict for Beginners. – The Editors The Eighth Step to Humility ‘The eighth step of humility is that the monk should do nothing except what is recommended by the common rule of the monastery and the example of those above him.’ It is difficult to put up and shut up. We think […]