Saint for the Day - February 12 - St. Benedict of
Benedict was the son of
Aigulf, Governor of Languedoc, and was born about
750. In his early youth he served as cup-bearer to
King Pepin and his son Charlemagne, enjoying under
them great honors and possessions. Grace entered his
soul at the age of twenty, and he resolved to reek
the kingdom of God with his whole heart. Without
relinquishing his place at court, he lived there a
most mortified life for three years; then a narrow
escape from drowning made him vow to quit the world,
and he entered the cloister of St. Seine.
In reward for his heroic austerities in the monastic
state, God bestowed upon him the gift of tears, and
inspired him with a knowledge of spiritual things.
As procurator, he was most careful of the wants of
the brethren, and most hospitable to the poor and to
guests. Declining to accept the abbacy, he built
himself a little hermitage on the brook Anian, and
lived some years in great solitude and poverty; but
the fame of his sanctity drawing many souls around
him, he was obliged to build a large abbey, and
within a short time governed three hundred monks. He
became the great restorer of monastic discipline
throughout France and Germany.
First, he drew up with immense labor a code of the
rules of St. Benedict, his great namesake, which he
collated with those of the chief monastic founders,
showing the uniformity of the exercises in each, and
enforced by his "Penitential" their exact
observance; secondly, he minutely regulated all
matters regarding food, clothing, and every detail
of life; and thirdly, by prescribing the same for
all, he excluded jealousies and insured perfect
In a Provincial Council held in 813, under
Charlemagne, at which he was present, it was
declared that all monks of the West should adopt the
rule of St. Benedict. He died February 11, 821.
Saint for the Day - St. Benedict of Anian
Read about the Saint for today - February 12 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
The decay of monastic discipline
and its restoration by St.
Benedict prove that none are
safe from loss of fervor, but
that all can regain it by
fidelity to grace.
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