ST BERNARDINE OF SIENA, CONFESSOR – MEMORIAL: MAY 20
Bernardine Albizecchi was born of a noble Sienese family. When he was very young and not many years in school, he began to give up hours of play and perform exercises of prayer, especially to the Blessed Virgin. His love and mercy towards the poor were outstanding, and for their service he joined the hospital of Blessed Mary of the Ladder, in Siena.
HE EXCELLED IN HUMILITY, PATIENCE, AND THE OTHER VIRTUES
He pondered what religious institute he would enter, and God so disposed that he prefer the Franciscans. With them, he excelled in humility, patience, and the other virtues of a religious. He started preaching under obedience even though he knew his weak, hoarse voice made him unfit for the task.
HE WAS MIRACULOUSLY FREED OF THE IMPEDIMENT
After seeking God’s help, he was miraculously freed of this impediment. He travelled through the cities and towns, and in the name of Jesus which was ever on his lips and in his heart, he put an end to civil disorders everywhere, and restored fallen piety and morals largely by his word and example. He wrote devout and learned books. Full of merit, renowned for miracles, he died a happy death at the age of sixty-six [in 1444] in the city of Aquila in the Abruzzi.
O Lord Jesus, who bestowed on blessed Bernardine, your Confessor, an unusual love for your holy Name, we beseech you, by his merits and intercession, graciously pour upon us the spirit of your love. Who live…
– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964