San Benedetto da Norcia
San Benedetto was born March 2 480 A.D. Norcia in an austere environment and healthy that allowed him to preserve the soul as clear as the sky clear of his native land. Little more than eighteen left Norcia, obeying paternal invitation to go to Rome to continue the humanities. He opened himself generously to God's intimacy that inspired him to flee the capital and retreat to a deserted place to please Him alone. The young man thought it appropriate to settle in a hermitage near Subiaco, where he met a monk, who consecrated to God by giving him the monastic habit and so Benedetto closed in a cave inaccessible to devote himself entirely to the contemplation of God. Then he left the hermitage and headed for the town of Cassino, where he built the monastery of Montecassino. Around 540 A.D. Benedetto wrote his Rule “Ora et Labora”, standard of living for all the monks, still observed by all the abbeys of the Benedictine Fathers of the world.
March 21, 547 AD, according to tradition, Benedetto closed his eyes in the oratory of San Martino, where he did lead his disciples heard approaching the end. And as he had prepared, he was buried next to his sister Scolastica, who had preceded him in the sky just over a month before.