Bonfilius got his call early, so his parents oblated him to a monastery. He thrived. He knew scripture better than the older brothers, and yet remained humble and sincere. He was assigned a small mountain parish after ordination and quickly earned a reputation as a powerful preacher. The bishop and other area clergy sought him out for consultation. He became Somebody to Know. When the office of abbot of the monastery at Storaco opened up, he was tapped. Eventually, he became the bishop of Fogliano, a job at which he excelled. Thus far, unbridled success in an ecclesiastical sense.
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He remained in the Holy Land as a hermit for ten years. Ten years of hermitage is a long time. Eventually, he went back to Fogliano, where he found his replacement had things well in hand. He returned to the monastery at Storaco, where he once again took the office of abbot.
Here's where the trouble hit. Having spent ten years in the solitude of the Israeli desert (or the Palestinian desert, if you prefer) left him ill-equipped to administer a thriving fraternity of religious men who varied in ages and levels of spiritual development. Probably his years as a prodigy did not serve him well either, as he had few (if any) faltering steps to recall when he noted the shortcomings of others. He was strict, perhaps even short-tempered.
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