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On July 11th the Church celebrated the Feast of the Birth of St. Benedict, Founder of the Benedictine Order and Co-Patron of Europe with Saints Cyril and Methodius. St. Benedict was born around the year 480 A.D. Known as the "Father of Western Monasticism", he gave civilization his Holy Rule for Monks which has been followed by Benedictine, Trappist and Cistercian Communities and Laity for centuries. What we do know about the life of St. Benedict comes to us in the Second Book of the Dialogues of Pope St. Gregory the Great, written about 50 years after the death of St. Benedict. One of the readings for the Office of Matins for the Feast was taken from the Apostolic Letter of Pope Paul VI entitled St. Benedict of Nursia, Co-Patron of Europe. Each year as we sing the Antiphons for the Feast, taken from the Dialogues and recounting the life and miracles of St. Benedict, we are filled with gratitude to share in the inheritance of the Saint. We feel inspired to share that inheritance with you through a series of readings by Mother Dolores of texts about St. Benedict, beginning with the Letter of Pope Paul VI, followed by chapters from the Second Book of the Dialogues of Pope St. Gregory the Great.
Enjoy this series of readings by Mother Dolores Hart: