St. Benilde Romançon was born in the village of Thuret in south-central France. Because of his outstanding performance and utmost intelligence, he became a substitute teacher at only 14 years old. Despite the objection of his parents, who wanted to keep him at home, and the reluctance of his superiors who thought he was too short of stature, St. Benilde was admitted to the novitiate.
He had a successful career of teaching from 1821 to 1841 until he was appointed as director of a school in Saugues, an isolated village on a barren plateau in southern France. He worked quietly and effectively as a teacher for the next 20 years and was known as a strict but fair disciplinarian. (Read: LOOK: Pinoy Celebs Give Honor to Their Favorite Teachers)
Brother Benilde’s extraordinary religious sense was evident to everyone: at Mass with the students in the parish church, teaching catechism, preparing boys for first communion, visiting and praying with the sick, and rumors of near-miraculous cures. He was especially effective in attracting religious vocations. At his death, more than 200 Brothers and an impressive number of priests had been his students at Saugues. At his beatification, Pope Pius XII stressed that his sanctification was attained by enduring “the terrible daily grind” and by “doing common things in an uncommon way.”
Let us ask St. Benilde’s guidance and intercession through this prayer.
Prayer to Saint Benilde Romançon
O glorious Saint Benilde, who from a simple and humble gesture, carried out the Lasallian mission to excellence and charity, we come to you with great devotion. Pray for us to God that we may see everything in charity and faith, and be always renewed by His loving presence. Pray for us to Jesus that we may be open and resilient to change by forming ourselves and the young people into becoming sensitive and zealous agents of renewal in the world today. Pray for us to the Holy Spirit that we may be an inclusive and innovative community, welcoming the poor and the needy and helping them to attain the fullness of life that God desires.O loving God, we thank you for giving us Saint Benilde, our Brother, as an instrument of inspiring the young people. Continue to give your Church educators who will devote themselves in the Lasallian mission by doing ordinary things with extraordinary love and devotion. Through the intercession of our Patron, we also bring to you our deepest needs and longings, (Mention your personal intentions) with the help of your grace, allow us to bring into fulfillment our mission of education. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.