(c. 480-547)

St. Benedict, blessed by grace and in name, was born of a noble Italian family about 480. When a boy he was sent to Rome, and there placed in the public schools.

Scared by the licentiousness of the Roman youth, he fled to the desert mountains of Subiaco, and was directed by the Holy Spirit into a cave, deep, craggy, and almost inaccessible.

He lived there for three years, unknown to any one save the holy monk Romanus, who clothed him with the monastic habit and brought him food.

But the fame of his sanctity soon gathered disciples round him. The rigor of his rule, however, drew on him the hatred of some of the monks, and one of them mixed poison with the abbot’s drink; but when the Saint made the sign of the cross on the poisoned bowl, it broke and fell in pieces to the ground.

After he had built twelve monasteries at Subiaco, he removed to Monte Casino, where he founded an abbey in which he wrote his rule and lived until death. By prayer he did all things: wrought miracles, saw visions, and prophesied.

A peasant, whose boy had just died, ran in anguish to St. Benedict, crying out, “Give me back my son!”

The monks joined the poor man in his entreaties; but the Saint replied, “Such miracles are not for us to work, but for the blessed apostles. Why will you lay upon me a burden which my weakness cannot bear? ”

Moved at length by compassion he knelt down and, prostrating himself upon the body of the child, prayed earnestly.

Then rising, he cried out, “Behold not, O Lord, my sins, but the faith of this man, who desires the life of his son, and restore to the body that soul which you have taken away.”

Hardly had he spoken when the child’s body began to tremble, and taking it by the hand he restored it alive to its father.

Six days before his death he ordered his grave to be opened, and fell ill of a fever.

On the sixth day he requested to be borne into the chapel, and, having received the body and blood of Christ, with hands uplifted, and leaning on one of his disciples, he calmly expired in prayer on the 21st of March, 547.

(SOURCE:Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894])



“My son, if you take my words to heart,if you set store by my commandments,tuning your hear to wisdom,and applying your heart to truth:

yes, if your plea is for clear perception,if you cry out for discernment,if you look for it as if it were silver,and search for it as for buried treasure,

you will then understand what the fear of the Lord is,and discover the knowledge of god.

For the Lord himself is giver of wisdom,from his mouth issue knowledge and discernment.

He keeps his help for honest men,he is the shield of those whose ways are honourable;

he stands guard over the paths of justice,
he keeps watch on the way of his devoted ones.

Then you will understand what virtue is, justice, and fair dealing,
all paths that lead to happiness.” -Proverbs 2:1-9