Religion: New Look for St. John's

St. Benedict was the spiritual founder of all monasteries. On the summit of Italy's Monte Cassino, 14 centuries ago, where pagans had raised a shrine to Apollo. Benedict gathered around him a group of fellow Roman Catholics to withdraw from the world and yet be a part of it. He wrote them a rule of useful work and communal worship and solitary contemplation that has been a model of monastic discipline everywhere and ever since.

Last week, as they have for centuries of pestilence and peace and rumor of the world's destruction, the Benedictines were busy building their hives of holy industry...

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