Lent Madness: Benedict of Nursia vs. Julian of Norwich

Benedict of Nursia?

It’s another monk vs. nun scenario in this penultimate showdown of the Round of the Saintly Sixteen. Or maybe it’s a contest between a “J” and a “P” to use Myers-Briggs lingo. Anyone who designs a “Rule” for monks, as Benedict did, can only be considered a “J.” Anyone who lived as a hermit in a cell and had stunning visions of Christ, as did Julian, must be a “P.” At least that’s my revisionist take on these two.

To advance to this round, Benedict trounced Matthias while Julian did the same to Absalom Jones. The winner will face Peter in the Round of Elate Eight. In recent action action George Herbert defeated Joseph 61% to 39% to advance. Click to view the updated tournament bracket: Lent Madness 2010


Benedict: “Idleness is the enemy of the soul. Therefore, the brothers should have specified periods for manual labor as well as for prayerful reading.”

Julian: “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”

Benedict: On prayer: “Listen and attend with the ear of your heart.”

Julian: “Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance. It is laying hold of His willingness.”

Lots of good spiritual sound bites between these two. Needless to say there are many, many more to choose from.



2 Comments on “Lent Madness: Benedict of Nursia vs. Julian of Norwich”

  1. Vicki says:

    Ouch – I can’t choose! They are both favourites. Let me know if it comes down to a tie, and I’ll try!

  2. Laura says:

    I’m with Vicki. This is a tough one.

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