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A Lenten Journey with Jesus Christ and Saint Benedict

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A wonderful new Lenten devotional.

Inside this book you will find a short biography of Saint Benedict, a brief history of the Order of Saint Benedict (O.S.B.), wisdom from the writings of St. Benedict and more, along with readings and prayers for every single day of Lent.

Fr. John R. Fortin, O.S.B., has been a Benedictine monk at Saint Anselm Abbey in Manchester, NH, since 1970. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Saint Anselm College in 1972. After completing theological studies at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, MA, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1976. He obtained a master’s degree in liberal arts education from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, in 1979 and a master’s degree (1984) and doctorate (1992) in medieval studies from the University of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute. He taught and was headmaster at Woodside Priory School, a college preparatory school in Portola Valley, CA, from 1976–1981. He has served in many capacities at Saint Anselm College, including Dean of Students, a member of the Governing Board, and a member of the Faculty Senate. He is currently a professor in the Philosophy Department. He has served on and chaired the Advisory Board of Trinity High School, a Catholic school in Manchester, NH, and on the Diocesan School Board. He has served two terms on the Presbyteral Council of the Diocese of Manchester.
Fr. Fortin has published articles on Saint Augustine, Boethius, Saint Benedict, Saint Anselm, and other medieval figures in such journals as The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, The American Benedictine Review, The Downside Review, The International Philosophical Quarterly, Cistercian Studies Quarterly, The Journal of Early Christian Studies, and The Modern Schoolman. He has authored, edited, and/or contributed to several books. In 2001 he founded the Institute for Saint Anselm Studies and was its director for six years. In 2007–2008, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Jacques Maritain Center, University of Notre Dame.


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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


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


    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.”


    * c.480, Narsia, Umbria, Italy


    * 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


    * 1220 by Pope Honorius III


    * 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


    * 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.

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