Here is another lecture from the Lumen Christi institute, but this time on Benedict. Here is the description given on the website:

While Roman civilization collapsed around him, Benedict — a fifth-century  monk and abbot — authored his “Rule” for monks and set forth a way of life for the monasteries that would become one of the few lights of wisdom and civility in an age of increasing darkness and social isolation. Benedict taught those who lived in these “dark ages” how to make their daily lives an integrated whole of prayer and work, enlightened by the wisdom of Christ. In this respect, his Rule contains many lessons that apply to Christians in contemporary life.

Russell Hittinger is Warren Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa. His research focuses on the intersection of philosophy, religion, and law. He is author of Thomas Aquinas and the Rule of Law and The First Grace: Rediscovering the Natural Law in a Post-Christian World.


5 thoughts on ““Benedict’s Teaching for Dark Ages, His and Ours,” by Russell Hittinger

      1. Ah, I see now you were referring to the summary I copied from the website. A bit misleading, yes, but don’t let that dissuade you from listening to the lecture! 🙂

      2. Ah, I see. I may listen to the lecture. I have to confess that I prefer reading things or having at least a talking head to stare at over pure audio. So, although people recommend so many lectures and podcasts, I rarely get around to them; I like the ones that have transcriptions, though…

      3. Understandable. If you do take the time to watch the lecture, I’d be interested in what you think seeing as you have reflected more upon monasticism than I have.

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