When your country, society, and culture are turned upside down by ravenous forces of Godless philosophies, you must respond. Saint Benedict knew he had to do something to safeguard the Faith and cultivate his personal holiness, so he went to the desert and changed the Catholic landscape for centuries. If we want democracy rather than tribalism, rational debate rather than the tyranny of tolerance, and if we desire sanctity over the reign of evil, we too must respond.
Benedict was born in Nursia, Italy, in 480 A.D. His parents were wealthy, and in his younger years, he lived an ordinary life for the social class he found himself in. He was schooled in his hometown and was later sent to Rome to continue his studies. The lifestyle in Rome drove him to start a religious way of life that would shape the future of the Church and enrich the lives of millions. Today, his advice and witness are more crucial than ever before.
Rome was filled with debauchery, crime, and licentiousness. The city was consumed by lives that pursued pleasure over and above everything else. Abundant wealth, worldly honor, and sexual desires were viewed as the vehicles to usher in a life of true happiness and fulfillment. Benedict saw these realities and knew that life among the Romans would only lead to disaster.