Saint of the Day: St. Bernardine of Sienna

Taylor Marshall has Ten Easy Points on St. Bernardine: 

Today is the feast day of Saint Bernardine of Sienna (1380–1444), one of the greatest Franciscan priests of all time.

  1. Bernardine was the son of the governor of Sienna, but he was raised by his aunt.
  2. At the age of 20, Bernardine returned the favor and nursed his bedridden aunt until her death.
  3. After his beloved aunt died, Bernardine became a Franciscan at the age 22 in the year 1402.
  4. He was the most famous preacher of his age. Crowds swelled around him wherever he went. Since the church’s could not hold the crowds, he would preach outside.
  5. He is the Apostle of the Holy Name. At the end of ever sermon, he would hold a wooden plaque with the Holy Name of Jesus on it. The faithful would venerate and kiss the plaque in fulfillment of Philippians 2:10, “That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.” Continue Reading….

About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry was ordained in 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren.. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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