Saint for the Day - March 21 - St. Benedict
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 desireth the
life of his son, and restore to the body that soul
which Thou hast 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, 543.
Saint for the Day - St. Benedict
Read about the Saint for today - March 21 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
The Saints never feared to
undertake any work, however
arduous, for God, because,
distrusting self, they relied
for assistance and support
wholly upon prayer.
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