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Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, 04-17-17
FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 04-17-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM

Posted on 04/17/2017 5:52:24 PM PDT by Salvation

Fr. Don Miller, OFM

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Saint Benedict Joseph Labre

Saint of the Day for April 17

(March 25, 1748 – April 17, 1783)

 

Saint Benedict Joseph Labre’s Story

Benedict Joseph Labre was truly eccentric, one of God’s special little ones. Born in France and the eldest of 18 children, he studied under his uncle, a parish priest. Because of poor health and a lack of suitable academic preparation he was unsuccessful in his attempts to enter the religious life. Then, at age 16, a profound change took place. Benedict lost his desire to study and gave up all thoughts of the priesthood, much to the consternation of his relatives.

He became a pilgrim, traveling from one great shrine to another, living off alms. He wore the rags of a beggar and shared his food with the poor. Filled with the love of God and neighbor, Benedict had special devotion to the Blessed Mother and to the Blessed Sacrament. In Rome, where he lived in the Colosseum for a time, he was called “the poor man of the Forty Hours devotion” and “the beggar 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 April 16, 1783, the last day of his life, Benedict 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.

Benedict Joseph Labre was canonized by Pope Leo XIII in 1881.


Reflection

In a modern inner city, one local character kneels for hours on the sidewalk and prays. Swathed in his entire wardrobe winter and summer, he greets passersby with a blessing. Where he sleeps no one knows, but he is surely a direct spiritual descendant of Benedict, the ragged man who slept in the ruins of Rome’s Colosseum. These days we ascribe such behavior to mental illness; Benedict’s contemporaries called him holy. Holiness is always a bit mad by earthly standards.


The Liturgical Feast of Saint Benedict Joseph Labre is April 16.


Saint Benedict Joseph Labre is the Patron Saint of:

Homeless



TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; saints
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1 posted on 04/17/2017 5:52:24 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...

Saint of the Day Ping!


2 posted on 04/17/2017 5:53:02 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, 04-17-17
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3 posted on 04/17/2017 5:57:14 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Remember him?



Fr. Benedict Groeschel

That was his patron saint.

4 posted on 04/18/2017 4:35:32 AM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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To: annalex

BTTT for Saint Benedict Joseph Labre.


5 posted on 04/17/2018 3:16:15 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation


Benedict Joseph Labre

by Antonio Cavallucci (1752–1795)

6 posted on 04/17/2018 5:06:31 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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