St. Benedict of Nursia

St. Benedict (480-548) is the founder of Western monasticism.  He has proven the most influential monastic author in the history of Western Christendom.  His famous book, The Rule, is available from TAN Books.




St. Benedict on Humility

From The Rule of St. Benedict (Regula) , Chapter 7, on Humility. Brothers, the Holy Scripture cries to us, saying: “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted” (Lk 14:11). By these words it declares to us that all exaltation is a kind of pride, which the Prophet…


St. Benedict on the Observance of Lent

From The Rule of St. Benedict (Regula) , Chapter 49, on the Observance of Lent. A Monk’s life should at all times resemble a continual Lent, but few have such virtue. Thus, we encourage everyone during Lent to live in all purity, and during this holy season to wash away all the negligences of other…