Narrative: St. Benedict was born at Nursia in Italy. During his youth he witnessed much vice and left his noble home to live as a hermit in penance and prayer. In the mountains of Subiaco near Rome, St. Romanus instructed him in asceticism.
Benedict’s reputation for piety gathered followers and he established monasteries where he and his followers strove for community life under rigorous rule. Ultimately unwilling to live under that rule, his followers attempted to poison him. In another incident, Benedict’s pet raven carried away tainted bread intended for him. Benedict moved on to found the monastery at Monte Cassino, a vital center of religious life to this day. He eventually wrote his respected Rule which has guided communities in the ways of religious life for centuries. In this icon, Benedict holds a crozier as the patriarch of Western monasticism.
St. Benedict died at Monte Cassino after receiving Holy Communion and was interred there with his sister, St. Scholastica. (This narrative is printed on the back of Note Cards. A copy is included with each plaque and photo.)
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