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SAINT BENEDICT (Abbot), Secondary Patron of the SSCC Congregation (Brs & Srs)

"There was a man of venerable life, blessed by grace and by name ..." So begins St. Gregory the narrative of the life of St. Benedict, collecting the testimony of the immediate disciples.

Benedict was born in Norcia (Umbria), around the year 480. Educated in Rome, he began a hermit life on a cave at Subiaco, "preferring nothing to the love of God."

Disciples came to him, but shortly after, Benedict had to leave them at Subiaco and moved to Monte Cassino. There he wrote his monastic Rule and died in 547.

 

The Rule of St. Benedict: A Gospel path and a way of life.

Father Coudrin, our founder, wrote in 1797, in the first "Rules" that was given to the new community: "In Jesus we find everything: his birth, his life and death, that's our rule". But it soon became clear to the two founders who were relying on a confirmed tradition to train their followers and to structure its foundation.

The Benedictine Rule, reread by the Trappist Augustin de Lestrange (Abbot of Valsainte, in Switzerland), would be the tutor of the young Congregation. In the beginning, it was applied to the letter: the observance comes first. Gradually, development led our Founders to maintain only in its spirit for a decidedly missionary project.
 

07/11/2013