From 21 March 1980, until 21 March 1981, Benedictines throughout the world celebrated the 1500th anniversary of the birth of St Benedict. As the only Benedictine in the Collage of Cardinals, I was invited to be present for, and to speak at, many of these celebrations. The invitations which i was able to accept came from abbey's, priories and parishes in England, France, the United States of America and Italy. The talks at these functions were therefore delivered under very different circumstances and to very different audiences. All of them are concerned with St Benedict and his Rule.