Ratzinger entered the minor seminary in Traunstein, in and in along with the rest of his seminary class he was drafted into the Flak [anti-aircraft corps]. In he was released from the Flak and returned home only to be drafted into labor detail under the infamous Austrian Legion.
The great Pope wrote these words in A.
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The holy monk, who had died barely 50 years earlier, lived on in people's memories and especially in the flourishing religious Order he had founded.
St Benedict of Norcia, with his life and his work, had a fundamental influence on the development of European civilization and culture. It is not a biography in the classical sense. In accordance with the ideas of his time, by giving the example of a real man - St Benedict, in this case - Gregory wished to illustrate the ascent to the peak of contemplation which can be achieved by those who abandon themselves to God.
He therefore gives us a model for human life in the climb towards the summit of perfection. St Gregory the Great also tells in this book of the Dialogues of many miracles worked by the Saint, and here too he does not merely wish to recount something curious but rather to show how God, by admonishing, helping and even punishing, intervenes in the practical situations of man's life.
Gregory's aim was to demonstrate that God is not a distant hypothesis placed at the origin of the world but is present in the life of man, of every man.
This perspective of the "biographer" is also explained in light of the general context of his time: But in this terrible situation, here, in this very city of Rome, Gregory presented St Benedict as a "luminous star" in order to point the way out of the "black night of history" cf.
John Paul II, 18 May In fact, the Saint's work and particularly his Rule were to prove heralds of an authentic spiritual leaven which, in the course of the centuries, far beyond the boundaries of his country and time, changed the face of Europe following the fall of the political unity created by the Roman Empire, inspiring a new spiritual and cultural unity, that of the Christian faith shared by the peoples of the Continent.
This is how the reality we call "Europe" came into being. St Benedict was born around the year As St Gregory said, he came "ex provincia Nursiae" - from the province of Norcia.
His well-to-do parents sent him to study in Rome. However, he did not stay long in the Eternal City. As a fully plausible explanation, Gregory mentions that the young Benedict was put off by the dissolute lifestyle of many of his fellow students and did not wish to make the same mistakes.
He wanted only to please God: Thus, even before he finished his studies, Benedict left Rome and withdrew to the solitude of the mountains east of Rome. After a short stay in the village of Enfide today, Affilewhere for a time he lived with a "religious community" of monks, he became a hermit in the neighbouring locality of Subiaco.
He lived there completely alone for three years in a cave which has been the heart of a Benedictine Monastery called the "Sacro Speco" Holy Grotto since the early Middle Ages. The period in Subiaco, a time of solitude with God, was a time of maturation for Benedict.
It was here that he bore and overcame the three fundamental temptations of every human being: In fact, Benedict was convinced that only after overcoming these temptations would he be able to say a useful word to others about their own situations of neediness.
Thus, having tranquilized his soul, he could be in full control of the drive of his ego and thus create peace around him. Only then did he decide to found his first monasteries in the Valley of the Anio, near Subiaco. In the yearBenedict left Subiaco and settled in Monte Cassino.Last week, Pope Benedict XVI told the annual gathering of his “Study Group” (some of his former students) to ask God’s forgiveness on behalf of generations of “cradle Catholics” who have failed to transmit the faith to others.
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BENEDICT XVI. GENERAL AUDIENCE.
St Peter's Square Wednesday, 9 April Saint Benedict of Norcia. Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today, I would like to speak about Benedict, the Founder of Western Monasticism and also the Patron of my Pontificate. One of Pope Benedict XVI’s distinctive contributions to what successive popes have called the New Evangelization is to treat once-Christian countries as mission territory.