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ST ANDREW CORSINI – A CHILD BORN IN ANSWER TO HIS PARENTS’ PRAYERS

03 Feb

St Andrew Corsini, Bishop and Confessor

Andrew belonged to the noble family of Corsini of Florence, where, in answer to his parent’s prayers, he was born and deducted to the Blessed Virgin.

Despite a religious eduction he gradually fell into vice in his adolescence and was often rebuked by his mother, but upon hearing that he had been dedicated to Our Lady, he was set on fire with God’s love.

He entered the Carmelite and later was made superior in Tuscany. Around that time, Fiesole chose Andrew for its bishop. He feared to resist God’s will and accepted and fulfilled his office with the greatest zeal and pastoral care.

Urban V sent him as his legate to Bologna to calm an uprising, and the citizens there were filled with hatred because of his coming, but Andrew quieted them with consummate diplomacy. Worn out with endless work and bodily penance, he died in 1373 at the age of 71. He was canonised by Urban VIII.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

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