The monastic ideal of the first three centuries is summed up in the father figure of Saint Benedict. We get to know him through his wisdom that pays special attention to each monk's own measure and path.

Thanks to this wise moderation the Rule was introduced at the time in virtually all monasteries in the west. Saint Benedict gave shape to a life of prayer, work and study. The spiritual life and culture of the Europe have much to be thankful for regarding the Rule's influence throughout the centuries of monastic life. That is why Saint Benedict is venerated as the patron saint of Europe.

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