St. Benedict of Nursia (c. 480 – 583 A.D.) is an important historical figure who gave birth to monasticism in the West and shaped its course. During three years of solitude and meditation in a cave, St. Benedict was sought out by dozens of townsfolk who admired him for his character and piety. To accommodate them, he set up thirteen monasteries, and presided over them as abbot. During this time, he formed his convictions about the ideal monastic life. These convictions are contained in the most influential guide for monastic life ever written, The Holy Rule of St. Benedict. It is written for laymen and emphasizes the value of work, community, simplicity, obedience, moderation, and prayer.
- Narrator John Polhamus renders this noteworthy...
Narrator John Polhamus renders this noteworthy classic about the life and times of St. Benedict of Nursia with careful pacing and an authentic tone. His delivery is crisp and clear, natural and unaffected. He begins with a prologue of scripture to support the principles of " One Rule" that St. Benedict is known for. He depicts St. Benedict, touted as the saintly father of monks and the monastic way of life, with genuine sincerity as he relates the how and why of their spiritual community in an easy-to-listen-to voice. Polhamus defines the four types of monks and what typifies each lifestyle with a convincing clarity that simplifies complex ideas for the listener. G.D.W. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine