Saint Benedict

Saint Benedict Joseph Labre

This pilgrim traveled from one great shrine to another, living off alms.  He wore the rags of a beggar and shared his food with the poor, and was filled with the love of God and neighbor.  In Rome, where he lived in the ruins of the Coliseum for a time, he was called, “the STBJLbeggar of Rome.”  The people accepted his ragged appearance better than he did.  His excuse to himself was that, “our comfort is not in this world.”

On the last day of his life, April 16, 1783, Benedict Joseph dragged himself to a church in Rome and prayed there for two hours before he collapsed, dying peacefully in a nearby house.  Immediately after his death, the people proclaimed him a saint.