Saint for the Day - May 20 - St. Bernardine of
In 1408 St. Vincent
Ferrer once suddenly interrupted his sermon to
declare that there was among his hearers a young
Franciscan who would be one day a greater preacher
than himself, and would be set before him in honor
by the Church. This unknown friar was Bernardine. Of
noble birth, he had spent his youth in works of
mercy, and had then entered religion.
Owing to a defective utterance, his success as a
preacher at first seemed doubtful, but, by the
prayers of Our Lady, this obstacle was miraculously
removed, and Bernardine began an apostolate which
lasted thirty-eight years. By his burning words and
by the power of the Holy Name of Jesus, which he
displayed on a tablet at the end of his sermons, he
obtained miraculous conversions, and reformed the
greater part of Italy. But this success had to be
exalted by the cross. The Saint was denounced as a
heretic and his devotion as idolatrous. After many
trials he lived to see his innocence proved, and a
lasting memorial of his work established in a
church. The Feast of the Holy Name commemorates at
once his sufferings and his triumph.
He died on Ascension Eve, 1444, while his brethren
were chanting the antiphon, "Father, I have
manifested Thy Name to men." St. Bernardine, when a
youth, undertook the charge of a holy old woman, a
relation of his, who had been left destitute. She
was blind and bedridden, and during her long illness
could only utter the Holy Name. The Saint watched
over her till she died, and thus learned the
devotion of his life.
Saint for the Day - St. Bernardine of Sienna
Read about the Saint for today - May 20 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Let us learn from the life of
St. Bernardine the power of the
Holy Name in life and death.
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