Thought for the Day – 16 April
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 behaviour to mental illness or worse. Benedict’s contemporaries called him holy. Holiness is always a bit mad by earthly standards. St Benedict Joseph discovered his own way to holiness, it might seem strange and “mad” but he realised that he could find God in his own unique way. Whatever the circumstances of our lives, we too can find God there, for holiness is possible anywhere.
St Benedict Joseph Labre, pray for us!