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All that we know about the life of Benedict of Nursia and his twin sister Scholastica comes from a collection called the Dialogues, written by Pope Gregory I, which attribute several miracles to him. The son of a Roman nobleman, Benedict began his monastic vocation as a young man by living as a hermit for three years in a cave at Subiaco. As his reputation for wisdom grew, however, he was called back into service to the world when a community of monks asked him to be their abbot. They eventually tried to poison him, and so he left the community to establish several monasteries of his own and began writing the Benedictine rule…

Taken from Lectio Divina the Sacred Art by Christine Valters Painter

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