Today, the Western Church celebrates the feast of our holy Father amongst the Saints, Benedict.
In Europe, traces of St Benedict`s influence can be found everywhere, with remains of, and current monasteries widespread.
For those of us with a literary interest, Ellis Peters` monastic sleuth Brother Cadfael was a Benedictine :-)
The life of St Benedict was written by St Gregory the Great and can be found here
A lovely painting depicting scenes from St Benedict`s life can be found at the National Gallery website
Holy Father Benedict, pray for us !