While he was gaining back his health, he felt inspired to leave his relatives and his country to live a life of penance in the midst of the world. As a pilgrim, he would travel to the famous shrines of
Europe. Benedict went visiting one church after another. He dressed in rags, with a crucifix over his heart and a rosary around his neck. He slept on the bare ground. The only food he had was what kind people
gave him. If people gave him money, he gave it to the poor. In a sack he carried his own Gospel, and medals and holy books to give to others. St. Benedict paid no attention to the beautiful sights in the cities he visited. His only interest was in the churches where Jesus dwells in the Blessed Sacrament. While he prayed in front of the altar, Benedict was so still and devout that he seemed like an angel adoring God. His white, tired face would glow with happiness. He had a great love for our Blessed Mother, too. "Mary, O my Mother!" he would exclaim.
St. Benedict was not interested in taking care of himself. His only thought was to keep Jesus company in church. When he died at the age of thirty-five, the fame of this poor holy man spread far and wide.
We cannot imitate the poverty of Jesus in the way St. Benedict Joseph did, but we can imitate this Saint's love for the Blessed Sacrament. Let us go to church often to visit Jesus and to have a heart - to- heart talk with Him. Jesus is our best Friend.