Saint Benedict (Benedict of Nursia) exerted a fundamental influence on European culture and civilisation. St Benedict’s works, in particular the monastic rules, are true sources of spirituality that have transformed Europe over the centuries. Without prayer there is no authentic experience of God. The spirituality proposed by Saint Benedict is not outside the reality of daily life. In the midst of the difficulties of his time, he lived unceasingly under God’s gaze without ever losing sight of the duties of daily life and man with his concrete needs. Contemplating God, Saint Benedict understood the reality of man and his mission.
The famous Benedictine Rule was written in 529 A.D. at the Monastery of Montecassino. The Rule of Benedict is a synthesis of the previous monastic traditions and consists of 73 chapters. Its essence consists in the sanctification of the monk through community life and prayer. In the Benedictine Rule the emphasis is on the psychological, physiological and spiritual balance of the monk, in order to live a harmonious and balanced life in the following of Christ, the only Teacher of the souls of monks.
Benedict (480-547 A.D.) was born in Nursia (Norcia, Umbria) as the son of a wealthy man. He led a holy life, full of prayer and asceticism, a life lived in the glow of truth, and not in the colored lights of politeness and conformity. The founding of the Benedictine Order and the reform of monastic traditions earned him the nickname of the father of Western monasticism.
Pope Paul VI characterized it thus: “A maker of unity, a master of civilization, first and foremost an anchor of Christ and founder of monastic life in the West, Benedict with his spiritual sons brought Christian progress to Europe through the cross, the book and the plough”. For this, Saint Benedict has been considered the patron saint of Europe since 1964. The current Pope chose the name Benedict, and with this name, the spirit of dialogue and openness.
The precepts of Saint Benedict guide us in our chivalric activity. It is therefore a duty of honour for every confrere, member of the Ordo Equestris Vini Europae, to take them on board. In the file below you will find the Romanian translation of the “Regula Benedicti”.