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Saint Benedict: Hero Of The Hills - A Vision Book - by Mary Fabyan Windeatt

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St. Benedict:  Hero of the Hills

Mary Fabyan Windeatt

Vision Books

Mary Fabyan Windeatt presents the powerful story of the famous life and miracles of St. Benedict for the Vision Book series of saints for youth. Known as the Father of Western Monasticism, St. Benedict played a major role in the Christinization and civilization of post-Roman Europe in the sixth century.

Having lived in an era of great immorality and vice, Benedict founded an order for monks whose strong life of prayer and work helped convert the godless society around them. It tells how his Benedictine order of monks spread throughout Europe and the New World. The heroic life of his sister St. Scholastica, his saving a boy from drowning, raising one from the dead, and the story of poisoned wine are all told in this exciting, dramatic tale of a great saint. Illustrated.

"A series which should be found wherever there are young Catholic readers."
—Ave Maria

"The Vision Books are splendid in design and format."
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"The entire series of Vision Books is recommended for solid training of youth."
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Mary Fabyan Windeatt is the well-known author of over 20 books on lives of the saints for young people.


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St. Benedict of Nursia

St. Benedict of Nursia Feast Day:
Eastern Calendar - 03/14
Roman Rite Calendar - 07/11
Tridentine Calendar - 03/21


Patron Of: Against Witchcraft, Civil Engineers, Dying, Farmers, Gall Stones, Homeless, Kidney Disease, Monastics, Monks, Poisoning, Schoolchildren, Speleologists

Also known as

    * Benedict of Narsia
    * Benedict of Norsia
    * Benedetto da Norcia
    * Founder of Western Monasticism

Memorial

    * 11 July (Latin Rite)
    * 21 March (Benedictine monks and nuns)
    * 14 March (Byzantine Rite)

Profile

    Born to the Roman nobility. Twin brother of Saint Scholastica. Studied in Rome, Italy, but was dismayed by the lack of discipline and the lackadasical attitude of his fellow students. Fled to the mountains near Subiaco, living as a hermit in a cave for three years; reported to have been fed by a raven. His virtues caused an abbey to request him to lead them. Founded the monastery at Monte Cassino, where he wrote the Rule of his order. His discipline was such that an attempt was made on his life; some monks tried by poison him, but he blessed the cup and rendered it harmless. He returned to his cave, but continued to attract followers, and eventually established twelve monasteries. Had the ability to read consciences, the gift of prophesy, and could forestall attacks of the devil. Destroyed pagan statues and altars, drove demons from groves sacred to pagans. At one point there were over 40,000 monasteries guided by the Benedictine Rule. A summation of the Rule: “Pray and work.”

Born

    * c.480, Narsia, Umbria, Italy

Died

    * 21 March 547 of a fever while in prayer at Monte Cassino, Italy
    * buried beneath the high altar there in the same tomb as Saint Scholastica

Canonized

    * 1220 by Pope Honorius III

Patronage

    * against erysipelas
    * against fever
    * against gall stones
    * against inflammatory diseases
    * against kidney disease
    * against nettle rash
    * against poison
    * against temptations
    * against witchcraft
    * agricultural workers
    * cavers
    * civil engineers
    * coppersmiths
    * dying people
    * Europe
    * farm workers
    * farmers
    * Heerdt, Germany
    * Italian architects
    * monks
    * Norcia, Italy
    * people in religious orders
    * school children
    * servants who have broken their master’s belongings
    * speliologists
    * spelunkers
    * students
    * Subiaco, Italy

Representation

    * bell
    * broken cup
    * broken cup and serpent representing poison
    * broken utensil
    * bush
    * crosier
    * man in a Benedictine cowl holding Benedict’s rule or a rod of discipline
    * raven

 



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

   

St. Scholastica

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 02/10


Patron Of: Against Rain, Convulsive Children, Nuns, Storms

Memorial
    10 February

Profile
    Twin sister of Saint Benedict. Born to the noblility. Her mother died in childbirth. Nun. See the Readings section below for Pope Saint Gregory's telling of some of the stories of her life.

Born
    480

Died
    543 of natural causes

Name Meaning
    she who has leisure to devote to study

Patronage
    against rain
    convulsive children
    nuns
    storms

Readings
    Scholastica, the sister of Saint Benedict, had been consecrated to God from her earliest years. She was accustomed to visiting her brother once a year. He would come down to meet her at a place on the monastery property, not far outside the gate.

    One day she came as usual and her saintly brother went with some of his disciples; they spent the whole day praising God and talking of sacred things. As night fell they had supper together.

    Their spiritual conversation went on and the hour grew late. The holy nun said to her brother, "Please do not leave me tonight; let us go on until morning talking about the delights of the spiritual life."

    "Sister," he replied, "What are you saying? I simply cannot stay outside my cell."

    When she heard her brother refuse her request, the holy woman joined her hands on the table, laid her head on them and began to pray. As she raised her head from the table, there were such brilliant flashes of lightning, such great peals of thunder and such a heavy downpour of rain that neither Benedict nor his brethren could stir across the threshold of the place where they had been seated. Sadly, he began to complain.

    "May God forgive you, sister. What have you done?"

    "Well, she answered, "I asked you and you would not listen; so I asked my God and he did listen. So now go off, if you can, leave me and return to your monastery."

    So it came about that they stayed awake the whole night, engrossed in their conversation about the spiritual life.

    Three days later, Benedict was in his cell. Looking up to the sky, he saw his sister's soul leave her body in the form of a dove, and fly up to the secret places of heaven. Rejoicing in her great glory, he thanked almighty God with hymns and words of praise. He then sent his brethren to bring her body to the monastery and lay it in the tomb he had prepared for himself.

    -from Dialogues by Pope Saint Gregory the Great



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

   

St. Scholastica

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 02/10


Patron Of: Storms

    10 February
Profile
    Twin sister of Saint Benedict. Born to the noblility. Her mother died in childbirth. Nun. See the Readings section below for Pope Saint Gregory's telling of some of the stories of her life.
Born
    480
Died
    543 of natural causes
Name Meaning
    she who has leisure to devote to study
Patronage
    against rain
    convulsive children
    nuns
    storms



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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