St Placid

St. Placid
A child saved through a miracle.

The son of Tertulus, a patrician, was dedicated to G-d and a disciple of St. Benedict at Subiaco and Monte Cassino. He is known mainly from the Dialogues of Pope St Gregory I the Great and is closely associated with St. Maurus of whom saved him drowning.

A digital Benedictine community, whose members come from diverse backgrounds and have pursued many different careers. Those here follow the Rule of St. Benedict, pray together and extend the Benedictine presence to the local community in which we reside.

Those that pursue this path are willing to heed the call of the Holy Spirit – even when the call seems uncertain. This is a community with some formation, much freedom, and strive to allow the Rule and the prophetic call to determine our lives. We seek to nurture a gentle spirit, allowing the Holy Spirit to guide our synergies and ministry to all.

Many have never heard of St. Placid, one of the Church’s early, although little-known saints. In the Dialogues of Gregory the Great (1):

Once while blessed Benedict was in his room, one of his monks, the boy Placid, went down to get some water. In letting the bucket fill too rapidly, he lost his balance and was pulled into the lake, where the current quickly seized him and carried him about a stone’s throw from the shore.

Though inside the monastery at the time, the man of G-d was instantly aware of what had happened and called out to Maurus: “Hurry, Brother Maurus! The boy who just went down for water has fallen into the lake, and the current is carrying him away.”

Maurus asked for the blessing and on receiving it hurried out to fulfill his abbot’s command. Maurus kept on running even over the water until he reached the place where Placid was drifting along helplessly. Pulling Placid up by the hair, Maurus rushed back to shore, still under the impression that he was on dry land. It was only when Maurus set foot on the ground that realized that he had been running on the surface of the water. Overcome with fear and amazement at a deed he would never have thought possible, Maurus returned to Abbot Benedict and told him what had taken place.

The Holy Man would not take any personal credit for the deed but attributed it to the obedience of his disciple. Maurus, on the contrary, claimed that it was due entirely to his abbot’s command. He could not have been responsible for the miracle himself, Maurus said, since he had not even known he was performing it. While they were carrying on this friendly contest of humility, the question was settled by the boy who had been rescued. “When I was being drawn out of the water,” he told them, “I saw the abbot’s cloak over my head; he is the one I thought was bringing me to shore.”

St. Placid is our communities patron saint. Our lives have been with the anawim, entirely dependent upon G-d. We know ourselves to be the anawim, for many times we have felt overwhelmed with challenges, yet G-d brought us through, providing and guiding in wonderfully mysterious ways. Through these periods of difficulty, we learn to begin afresh to live faithfully to G-d and the Rule of St. Benedict. We remain steadfast in our monastic practice and to G-d’s call.


Anawim (inwetan): A Hebrew word anawim (inwetan) means those who are bowed down. It is used in the Old Testament for the poor of every sort: the vulnerable, the marginalized, and socio-economically oppressed, those of lowly status without earthly power (2).

Work Cited

1) Dialogues of Gregory the Great, Bk II:

2) Anawim

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