Today is the feast of Saint Benedict, the founder of western monasticism. His order's religious houses were a key player in the re-civilization and Christianization of Europe after the fall of Rome. "Don Jim" Tucker gives an account of this saint, including a detailed description of the St Benedict Medal. I've thought of becoming a tertiary for years (a lay brother of a religious order, with limited obligations). A friend once told me I had the theology of a Dominican, and the spirituality of a Benedictine. So it could go either way at this point -- a subject for another day.