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Citadel Of God: A Novel About St. Benedict - by Louis de Wohl

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Louis de Wohl

Another of the popular historical novels by the distinguished de Wohl, telling the dramatic story of St. Benedict, the father of Western monasticism, who played such a major role in the Christianization and civilization of post-Roman Europe in the sixth century. De Wohl weaves an intricate tapestry of love, violence and piety to recount with historical accuracy the story of St. Benedict and the tempestuous era in which he lived.

Since there are no contemporary biographies of this major saint of history and the Church, de Wohl's inspired account is of significant importance on the subject of saint's lives for today's spiritual seekers. Having lived in an era of great immorality and vice, not unlike our world today, Benedict's story has a strong message for modern Christians who seek, as he did, to turn away from the wickedness of the world to find Christ in prayer, study and solitude.


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8"  (20.3 cm) x 5 1/4"  (13.3 cm) x 1"  (2.54 cm)
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The Roman Empire in the West has collapsed and Italy is under the government of the Gothic king, Theoderich. Though a barbarian, Theoderich's generally mild rule has led to security and prosperity In Italy. But some among the younger generation of the Roman aristocracy are chaffing under the barbarian yoke. Rusticiana, young wife of the Senator Boethius, favors action and her rash words are taken literally by a boy, Peter, who makes a clumsy assassination attempt against the king. Injured in body and spirit as a result of his failure, Peter nurses a grudge against the Goths to be paid at a later date. Until then, he is entrusted to the gifted young teacher, Benedictus, to see to his education.

Thus begins Louis de Wohl's epic tale, Citadel of God. Originally written in 1959, the novel is a gripping journey through the early 6th century AD. In it, de Wohl brings to life m Full Review...

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

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

 



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