Saint Benedict and His Times
Publication Date: February 19, 2021
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Discover the life of Benedict of Nursia in a unique and insightful way with Saint Benedict and His Times, written by Ildefonso Schuster, one of the outstanding ecclesiastical scholars of the twentieth century. Piece together the puzzle of one of the most important figures in Church history with this comprehensive look at the times he lived. A millennium and a half have passed since Benedict penned his great Rule that has guided countless God-seeking souls ever since. Dig deep into history, juridical, liturgical, archaeological and literary influences that are known to have impacted St. Benedict’s life - all of which is expertly woven together by Schuster in this expertly crafted book. An invaluable resource for anyone looking to discover more about St Benedict’s life and legacy, you won’t find a deeper or more comprehensive look than here. Help enrich your faith journey today with St Benedict and His Times!
Blessed Alfredo Schuster was a Benedictine monk who held the highest ecclesiastical office in Milan during World War II. His monumental five-volume work on Roman liturgy, The Sacramentary, earned him renown for its comprehensive research and far-reaching erudition prior to his ascension as Cardinal Archbishop of Milan. On May 12th 1996 Pope John Paul II recognized his life achievements by beatifying Blessed Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster.
“Cardinal Schuster’s wide knowledge of the history of early canon and civil law, of the liturgy and of Italian ecclesiastical history between St Benedict and St Gregory, gives its principal interest to the book, in its interpretation both of the Rule and of the Second Book of St Gregory’s Dialogues.... The great strength and charm of the book will be found in its monastic spirit, and in the profound pietas which it breathes towards St Benedict and towards Monte Cassino.” —Aelred Sillem, OSB
“The best modern life of St Benedict is the beautiful book of Cardinal Schuster, OSB—a book full of true Benedictine spirit and monastic charm.” —Thomas Merton, OCSO
“To the ordinary reader, this life of St Benedict is a welcome book, for he will see how the minute study of contemporary history and sixth-century canonical procedure can, if carefully managed, increase his knowledge of the period and so help to explain much that might appear obscure in the Rule and the Dialogues.” —Basil Hume, OSB