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Benedictines

The Catholic order with the well-known order rule "ora et labora" (pray and work) and black robes was founded by the later canonized Benedict of Nursia (480-542) around the year 529. The first monastery was Montecassino in the southern Italian region of Lazio (which was severely destroyed in the Second World War). In the Rule of the Order which he wrote, the following is written about the enjoyment of wine: "Taking weaker brothers into account, we believe that one hemina (about 0.27 l) per day is sufficient. But those to whom God has given the gift of continence may know that their special reward awaits. But if the circumstances show that the measure mentioned is not possible, but much less or nothing at all, we admonish that the brethren of murmuring may abstain" (see many other sayings about wine under Quotations).

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