Saint Benedict fled from Rome to Subiaco to live in a cave for three years in order to escape distractions of the busy city, to become closer to God and discover what God wanted for his life. He established western monasticism and it is said that western civilization survives because of Saint Benedict’s monasteries.
Saint Benedict wrote a rule that teaches us a way of life centered around community, obedience to God, and a balance work and prayer. Saint Benedict encourages Christians to live their lives with “astonished ears”–a style of active listening that allows God to tell you things you didn’t know. – Jacqueln O’Brien