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Who was St Benedict? What were His Miracles? What are His Patronages?

St Benedict – often referred to as Benedict of Nursia – was alive around 1,500 years ago: he was born on the second of March 480 AD and is generally thought to have died on 21st March 547 AD.

He founded a community of monks – what we’d now call a monastery – and created a set of rules for them to follow. It’s been used by Benedictine monks ever since, allowing them to govern their communities without infringing on their autonomy. The fact that it’s stood for so long means there must be quite a few things in its favour and these can be applied to our own personal development, regardless of whether we’re religious or not or (if we are) which religion we follow.

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