Benjamin was a martyr of Persia (modern Iran), a deacon during the persecution of Christians in the fifth century.
Dr. Jean Lee
When he died at the age of 91, it was estimated that close to a million people came to the Oratory to pay their last respects.
When she refused to marry the emperor, he became enraged and condemned her to be tortured. He designed a spiked wheel that was supposed to tear her to pieces. But the machine miraculously broke apart and killed many onlookers.
This consolation experienced by St. Monica and her total abandonment to God can also be ours today if we persevere in patience and trust.
He guided popes and kings, bishops and common folk. Because of him, the twelfth century is sometimes called the “Bernardine period.”
Francis de Sales called Jane “the perfect woman.”
For centuries the popular tradition about St. Joachim and St. Anne has inspired Christians with a message of God’s tender love.