I love being Catholic. Many of our saints were sinners before their conversion to Jesus. There is hope for me!
St. John of God
In 1503, at the age of eight, John fled from his parents for some unknown reason. For a while he was a shepherd, then a book dealer. Matters spiritual were of no particular interest until he heard the preaching of Blessed John of Avila. Then his conversion was so sincere and sudden that he was considered to be out of his mind. He was incarcerated in the Royal Hospital in Granada, and suffered the cruel treatment of the day. Here he discovered how to show his love for God, through caring for those who were unable to respond to this cruel treatment. He resolved to devote the remainder of his life caring for people living on the margins of society.
Following John’s death on his 55th birthday, March 8th, his helpers banded together to live in the same radical, spiritual way of Hospitality that John had exemplified and in 1572 they were approved by Pius V, as the Hospitaller Brothers of (St) John of God. The members bind themselves by a fourth vow, the service of the sick. Because of his work our saint has become the patron of hospitals and the dying. His name is in the Litany of the Dying. Read more here.
Catholic Online has a more in depth article here.
I learned about St. John of God this week from my third-grader! After weeks of saying he was going to do his school saint report on his favorite, St. Benedict…he switched to St. John of God, a saint we’d never talked about before. One of the main lessons we took from his life and example was to make a decision–and stick to it–even when it’s hard.