St. Benedict of Nursia (5th-6th centuries AD)

Author, speaker and Benedictine Oblate, Pamela Patnode, spoke with John Harper and Glen Lewerenz of "Morning Air" (Relevant Radio) about this well known saint and his Rule. Their conversation took place on July 11, 2016 (the feast day of St. Benedict). To listen to that conversation, please go to the Relevant Radio website and listen to the discussion in their archives ( Or, download the Relevant Radio app and listen to the Morning Air podcast.


In addition, some recommended reading on St. Benedict is listed below:


1. The Rule of St. Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century by Joan Chittester (Sr. Joan Chittester, OSB offers a daily reflection on each point of the Rule. Beautiful insight into the true meaning of the Rule - which seeks Christ and love as its central goals)

2. The Rule of St. Benedict (Image Books Doubleday) - Offers an interesting introduction providing background historical context

3. Early Christian Lives (Penguin Classic) - this book contains Pope St. Gregory the Great's writings on St. Benedict

4. Strangers to the City: Reflections on the Beliefs and Values of the Rule of St. Benedict by Michael Casey (Monk of Tarrawarra). Michael Casey is one of the world's experts on monastic spirituality and how it applies to our culture today.