The flourishing of religious life

Monastic life began to flourish, and it breathed new spiritual life into the Christianity of Rome, which then spread throughout the Western world. Benedict of Nursia (ca. 480-ca. 547) founded a number of monasteries, first at Subiaco, the mountain region east of Rome, and then in a dozen other locations. These were independent, self-supporting, and self-contained communities of monks just outside towns or in rural areas. They were dedicated to prayer, work, and study. The monastic life demands that persons withdraw from worldly affairs to devote themselves completely to religion.

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