BENEDICT was born in the year 480. He belonged to a noble family of Rome. In Subico, a town near Rome, he lived in a cave in the side of a cliff for three years. Sometimes a raven brought him food.
Men began flocking to Benedict. Soon more than one hundred and forty monks were living with him in a monastery at Subico. They were busy every day praying, clearing the land, planting crops, teaching school, feeding the poor. Their motto was: "Pray and work."
Benedict and his monks built a large monastery on Monte Cassino, on the top of the mountain. Thousands of monks went to that monastery. They were called Benedictines.
Benedict had the power of miracles. Once he raised a dead boy to life.
He had a twin sister, named Scholastica, who became a nun and a great saint. She founded the Benedictine Sisters.
Benedict died near the altar where he received the Blessed Sacrament, while his monks held up his arms in prayer.
0 God, You established St. Benedict the Abbot as an admirable teacher in the school of Divine servitude. Teach us never to prefer anything to Your love and always to run the way of Your Commandments with most generous dispositions.
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