Bedrooms in the Community House named after Benedictine Saints

All four bedrooms in the Community House have now been named after four Benedictine Saints

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St Scholastica

The Sister of St Benedict, may be his twin sister.

The most commonly told story about her is that she would, once a year, go and visit her brother at a place near his abbey, and they would spend the day worshiping together and discussing sacred texts and issues.

One day they had supper and continued their conversation. When Benedict indicated it was time for him to leave, perhaps sensing the time of her death was drawing near, Scholastica asked him to stay with her for the evening so they could continue their discussions. Not wishing to break his own Rule, Benedict refused, insisting that he needed to return to his cell. At that point, Scholastica closed her hands in prayer, and after a moment, a wild storm started outside of the guest house in which they were housed. Benedict asked, “What have you done?”, to which she replied, “I asked you and you would not listen; so I asked my God and he did listen. So now go off, if you can, leave me and return to your monastery.” Benedict was unable to return to his monastery, and they spent the night in discussion.

Three days later, from his cell, he saw his sister’s soul leaving the earth and ascending to heaven in the form of a shining white dove.Benedict had her body brought to his monastery, where he caused it to be laid in the tomb which he had prepared for himself.

St Gregory

St Benedict’s Biographer.

St. Gregory the Great was the first monk to be elected pope (Gregory I, 590 to 604 AD) and a great proponent of St. Benedict’s monastic vision and avid promoter ofThe Rule. He was himself touched and moved by St. Benedict’s words and by his followers and monks who resided in Rome following the first destruction of Montecassino. St. Gregory the Great was an extremely active and influential man himself during his lifetime, having been born right around the time that St. Benedict gave birth to The Rule.

He instigated the first recorded large-scale mission from Rome to England.

St Dunstan

Abbot of the Benedictine Abbey at Glastonbury

He also served as Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishop of both London and Winchester.

Dunstan served as an important minister of state to several English kings. He was the most popular saint in England for nearly two centuries, having gained fame for the many stories of his greatness, not least among which were those concerning his famed cunning in defeating the devil.

St Placidus

A disciple of St Benedict.

Placidus was the eldest son of the patrician Tertullus. When he was about eight years old, his father placed him under the care of St. Benedict at Subiaco, to be educated.

Saint Gregory relates an account of Placidus being rescued from drowning by his fellow monk,  Saint Maurus who, at Saint Benedict’s order ran across the surface of the lake below the monastery and drew Placidus safely to shore. It appears certain that he accompanied Saint Benedict when, about 529, he removed to Monte Cassino, which was said to have been made over to him by the father of Placidus.

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