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*†ç The oldest of 15 children, Joseph Labre was born in a prosperous middle class family. He was educated by his uncle, a parish priest. Following his uncle's death, he tried to join the Trappists, Carthusians, and Cistercians, but was rejected by them all.

He was born 25 March, 1748 at Amettes, Boulogne, France. A Frenchman by birth, he died in Italy.

He is known as the "Beggar of Perpetual Adoration" for his rich, deep life of contemplation in utter material poverty

After being rejected by three religious orders, this well-educated young man from a well-to-do middle class family spent years wandering Europe, especially Rome, in complete destitution, spending his days in perpetual adoration in the cathedrals then often empty, keeping company to Our Lord in the True Presence when many were abandoning the faith following the so-called "Enlightment movement".

The XVIIIth century has been called "Le Siècle des Lumières" by the French Academy because of the likes of Voltaire,

St Benedict Joseph Labre gave his life to prayer in compensation for the excess of the materialism movement that led eventually in the late XiXth century and early XXth century to Nietszcheism, nihilism, marxism, and the terrorist attack in Sarajevo that killed the Autrian-Hungarian emperor Franz-Joseph in 1914, Wolrd War I, and the bolschevik revolution in 1917, as prophecized that year by Our Lady of Fatime.

St Joseph Labre took the name of Benedict and "moved in" as a homeless hermit in the then very neglected Colosseum, overgrown by weeds and feral cats.

Given to religious ecstasies when contemplating the Crown of Thorns, he was reputed to float, soar, and bilocate when in these swoons.

He begged in the streets, and if he was given more than he needed for the day, he would give the remainder to some one he considered more in need than he was.

He cured some of his fellow homeless, and is reported to have multiplied bread for them.

He was a noted counselor to people of all walks in Rome.

He died in a hospice, exhausted from his life of austerity.

His biography, written by his confessor Marconi, describes 136 miraculous cures attributed to him within three months of his death.

He entered into his eternal rest on this date, 17 April 1783 at Rome, 6 years before the Frenc Revolution that decimated his home country, and he and was beatified in 1859 by Pope Pius IX, 1 year after our Lady appeared to Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, whose Feast Day was yesterday, April 16.

He was canonized: 8 December 1883 by Pope Leo XIII

The Meaning of his name is "blessed" ( = Benedictus in Latin, Benoît in French, Baruch in Hebrew, Barack in Arabic)

Saint Beneditc Joseph Labre is the patron saint of
homeless people,
the mentally ill people,
people rejected by religious orders,
and unmarried men

He is most often represented as a beggar in a tri-cornered hat sharing his alms, and holding a rosary

Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, you gave up honor, money and home for love of Jesus.

Help us to set our hearts on Jesus and not on the things of this world.

You lived in obscurity among the poor in the streets.

Enable us to see Jesus in our poor brothers and sisters and not judge by appearances. Make us realize that in helping them we are helping Jesus.

Show us how to befriend them and not pass them by.

Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, you had a great love for prayer.

Obtain for us the grace of persevering prayer, especially adoration of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, poor in the eyes of men but rich in the eyes of God, pray for us. Amen.


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