WAS ST. ODILO?
Odilo was a Benedictine monk who became the 5th Abbot of the famous
His biographers tell us he was a little man, of insignificant appearance but immense force of character. He had great devotion to the Incarnation and to our Blessed Mother. Odilo made certain that the necessary discipline of a monastic community remained strict by periodically and constantly visiting all the monasteries subject to his authority. But like his Divine Master, he always mingled authority with humility, and his commands were always tempered with love. Consequently, monastic life was given greater stability because of Odilo's leadership, and there was never again any danger of monasticism dying from internal corruption.
left another legacy of a different kind. About the year 1030 A.D. he
practice of commemorating the dead of his own monastery and its
houses the day after the Feast of All Saints. Due to the powerful
the Abbey of Cluny throughout
Like any saint, Odilo was always concerned with helping the poor not only after this life but while they are struggling here on earth. He went so far as to sell the holy treasures of the monastery during the famine of 1033, using the proceeds to help the poor and suffering.
from one of his many visitations of monasteries in
Mundelein commissioned Father William J. Roberts in April of 1927 to
a new parish in