Born at Norcia in Umbria about the year 480. After studying at Rome, he led a life of solitude in Subiaco and gathered disciples around him, and then went on to Monte Cassino. Here he founded a well-known monastery and wrote his Rule, as a result of which he has been called the Father of monasticism in the West. He died on 21 March 547, but from the end of the eighth century he has been venerated on 11 July in many places.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You appointed Saint Benedict to be a wise master in the school of Your service. Give us grace to put Your love before all else, and so to run with joy in the way of Your commandments. We make our prayer in the name our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Jakarta, 11 July 2017
A Christian Pilgrim