St. Francis planted these very rose bushes at this monastery at Subiaco belonging to Saint Benedict!
This is a fresco in the background of St. Francis giving the gift of the roses.
The monastery is shocking: it is built from a cave that is on a vertical incline on the steep side of a mountain in Umbria. The cave is the one that St. Benedict lived in for 3 years as a hermit before he began founding his order.
Jake loves Subiaco–this is his second year to visit. He says it is one of two favorite places he’s ever been.
Jake is one of two favorite children I’ve ever known–okay, one one five! 🙂