ST ANDREW AVELLINO, CONFESSOR – MEMORIAL: NOVEMBER 10
Andrew Avellino, once called Lancelot, was born at Castro Nuovo, a village in Lucania. At Napoleon, he earned a degree in jurisprudence, was ordained to the priesthood and began to practise law, but only before ecclesiastical courts. On one occasion, as he was presenting a case, he unwittingly made a slight misstatement. When he afterwards came upon these words of Scripture: “The mouth that belies, kills the soul,” he was seized with sorrow for his fault, gave up the practice of law and humbly begged to be admitted among the Order of Clerks Regular.
A GREAT LOVE OF THE CROSS
When this petition had been granted, he obtained through prayer another: that he might be given the name Andrew, for within him, also, there burned a great love of the Cross. Andrew practised abstinence and patience in an extraordinary degree, as well as humility and self-contempt. He spread the Order of Clerks Regular in many places. He honoured the Virgin Mother of God with particular love and reverence. After examples of heroic virtues, burdened with years and worn out by labours, while he was about to begin Mass, when he had said for the third time “I will go to the altar of God,” he was stricken with apoplexy. He was then strengthened with the sacraments and breathed forth his soul in peace [in 1608].
O God, by his difficult vow to make daily progress in holiness, you placed in the heart of blessed Andrew, your Confessor, a wondrous longing to ascend to you; grant us, by his merits and intercession, so to become sharers of that same grace that, ever pursuing the more perfect things, we may be happily brought to the height of your glory. Through our Lord…
– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964