THE YEAR 600 A.D. - MONASTICISM
from the beginning of the Church, monasticism was central in the 600
A.D. Monasticism continued to flourish and monasticism would play an
important part in the making of Europe in the following
great monastic orders of Ireland, Germany, Switzerland and Italy
were beacons of learning and holiness throughout the medieval
period. St. Columban corrected kings and denounced wickedness in the
royal court. But his monastic rule was so stern that it gave way to
the milder rule of St. Benedict.
rule of St. Benedict was more in consonance with the British
personality and captured the heart of European monasticism.