“I have forsaken my home, I have cast off mine inheritance: I am poor and needy, but the Lord hath taken me up” (Jer 12:7).
Saint Benedict–Joseph Labre (1748–1783) was a frequent visitor to our Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, spending long hours in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and the Sacred Relics of the Cross and Passion. He died in Rome on April 16, 1783.
A pilgrim, living in poverty and ceaseless prayer, he loved above all places Rome, Assisi, and Loreto. Ask Saint Benedict Joseph to obtain for all seekers of the Face of Christ the grace of Eucharistic adoration and of ceaseless prayer. By providential coincidence I am going to Assisi today in the company of my guests from the United States, Leonard and Mark.