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SAINT BENEDICT of PALERMO
Premonstratensian Lay Brother
(1526-1589)

Saint Benedict the Moor, born in Sicily around 1526, belonged to the African race. His parents were Christians, living in an ancient town of Sicily today named San Fratello (Holy Little Brother), in memory of our Saint. By their virtues they possessed the liberty which belongs to all the true children of God, in whatever condition they may be. They had determined to live in continence, in order not to bring children into their own condition, that of slaves according to the flesh. But when their master promised to liberate their firstborn, heaven gave them Saint Benedict.

From his childhood Benedict manifested a great love for the Blessed Virgin and an ardent charity. In his life as a young shepherd he often became absorbed in prayer and spent long hours on his knees on the plains. He thus attracted the persecution of his comrades, in whose games he did not participate. One day a pious hermit named Brother Jerome passed by, and saw the young man, object of the mockeries of his neighbors. He reproached them, and told them that one day they would hear again of the one they were treating so contemptuously.

To follow the Saviour in His poverty, Benedict went to Brother Jerome in his hermitage, having sold his meager possessions, as Our Lord in the Gospel invites to do. Soon the two hermits were joined by others, and their reputation brought a large concourse of visitors. They then retired to Monte Pellegrino near Palermo. In 1562 the hermits were united by the Pope to the Order of Saint Francis, and Saint Benedict aided in the reform which was beginning at that time.

He was noted everywhere for his penances. Miracles followed whenever he was sent out to beg for the Community. Still a simple lay Brother, he was named Guardian of his convent in 1578, a delicate position, for he had to govern priests. Much can be supposed of Saint Benedict’s character and competence, when one knows that in this office he won all hearts. Everywhere miracles were accompanying his passage. At the end of his term as superior he became master of novices, later returning again to the kitchen, where many continued to visit him. He died in April of 1589, and countless miracles occurred at his tomb. Pius VII canonized him two centuries later.

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SAINT ISIDORE
Archbishop and Doctor of the Church
(†639)

Saint Isidore was born of a ducal family, at Carthagena in Spain. His two brothers, Leander, Archbishop of Seville, Fulgentius, Bishop of Ecija, and his sister Florentina, are all recognized by the Church as Saints. As a boy Isidore despaired over his poor success in study, and ran away from school. Resting in his flight at a roadside spring, he observed a stone, which had been hollowed out by the slow but constant dripping of water. This lesson decided him to return, and then, by determined application, he succeeded.

He went back to his master and with the help of God became, even as a youth, one of the most learned men of the time. He assisted in converting Prince Recared, the leader of the Arian party; and with his aid, though at the constant peril of his own life, expelled that heresy from Spain. Then, following a call from God, he turned a deaf ear to the entreaties of his friends, and embraced a hermit’s life. Prince Recared and many of the nobles and clergy of Seville went to persuade him to come back, representing the needs of the times and the good he could do, and had already done, among the people. He refused, and, as far as we can judge, his retreat gave him the necessary opportunity of acquiring the virtue and power which afterwards made him an illustrious Bishop and Doctor of the Church.

On the death of his brother Leander, he was called to fill the vacant see. As a teacher, ruler, founder, and reformer, he labored not only in his own diocese, but throughout Spain, and his influence attained foreign countries. He died in Seville on April 4, 639, and within sixteen years of his death was declared a Doctor of the Catholic Church.

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