occurrence. Bruno, who would one day become Pope Leo IX,
had in his youth been bitten by a venomous reptile, in consequence of which he
was seriously ill for two months. He had lost the use of speech and in a short
time was reduced to a skeleton. All hopes of his recovery had been abandoned
when suddenly he beheld a luminous ladder that reached to heaven from which
descended a venerable old man wearing the habit of a monk. It was St. Benedict,
bearing in his hand a radiant cross with which he touched the swollen face of
Bruno, and instantly cured him. Then the apparition disappeared.
Pope St. Leo IX
Bruno, who had been healed in
such a miraculous manner, later entered the Order of St. Benedict. He ascended
the papal throne in the year 1048, under the name of Leo IX and was renowned in
the Church for his sanctity, his devotion to the Holy Cross, and to St.
Benedict. He was later canonized. Through this pope the Medal of St. Benedict
was enriched with special blessings, and its veneration spread far and wide.