In today's General Audience, Pope Benedict spoke about St. Paulinus of Nola. A contemporary of St. Augustine, St. Paulinus was a native of Aquitaine, in Southern France, who was a monk, then a priest and bishop in Italy. He was married to a woman named Terasia, and both of them chose to live an ascetic life of chaste fraternity, following the death of their son soon after his birth. St. Paulinus wrote poetry and gave particular attention to the poor. His theology is found in his letters of spiritual friendship, written to other saints of his era. The Holy Father said that his poems and letters "are rich with a theology that was lived, interwoven with the Word of God that was constantly scrutinized as light for life." From them, he said, "there emerges a sense of the Church as a mystery of unity," of communion lived "through a distinctive practice of spiritual friendship."