Saint Benedict of Nursia (born c. 480-543 a.d.) is the founder of western monasticism. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI states that “with his life and work, St Benedict exercised a fundamental influence on the development of European civilization and culture.” After the collapse of the Roman Empire, St. Benedict was instrumental in helping Europe to emerge from the “dark night of history.” This free standing statuette of St. Benedict is a most fitting gift for a confirmation, ordination or ordination anniversary, profession of vows or vow jubilee, and for that special Benedictine or Benedictine community in your life. The feast day of Saint Benedict is July 11th.
Saint Benedict of Nursia Statuette – A Monastic Labor of Love, Faith, and Hope
This freestanding statuette of Saint Benedict of Nursia is about 10 inches high and 4.25 inches wide. Flat on the back, it is designed to sit with its back toward a wall. A German cloistered Benedictine nun created and hand-finished this ceramic piece in her monastic studio. This piece then is without a doubt ”culturally authentic” and a true monastic labor of love, faith and hope! This will be a wonderfully distinctive gift for that special ”Benedict” in your own life!
Saint Benedict – Ora et Labora!
This statuette depicts St. Benedict holding the book of his profoundly influential Rule of Benedict with the German word Höre (“Listen”) on the cover. The Benedictine Rule can best be summarized in two famous Benedictine mottos: pax (“peace”) and the better known ora et labora (“pray and work”). Benedict viewed work and prayer as partners who complement and need each other. Benedict believed that combining contemplation with action was not only possible, but absolutely essential: Monastic and religious communities thrive when prayer and work co-exist in balance. Ora et labora, contemplation and action, prayer and work, all are dance partners who only is unison are able to dance the dance of life and faith! The enlarged ear re-enforces the importance of listening more.