On Pilgrimage with Saint Benedict (Part 4) – Red Letter Christians: Gregory’s telling of the story emphasizes how Benedict fled sinful Rome, but the monks here note that Benedict never returned home. He wasn’t nostalgic for small town life. “Listen, my son, ” he wrote at the end of his life, perhaps echoing a phrase he’d heard from his father, growing up in the mayor’s house. But Benedict did not listen to his earthly father. He fled for the hills, seeking the voice of his heavenly Father in the way of the desert fathers.