Saint for the Day - September 18 - St. Thomas of
St. Thomas, the glory
of the Spanish Church in the sixteenth century, was
born in 1488. A thirst for the science of the Saints
led him to enter the house of the Austin Friars at
Salamanca. Charles V. listened to him an oracle, and
appointed him Archbishop of Valencia. On being led
to his throne in church, he pushed the silken
cushions aside, and with tears kissed the ground.
His first visit was to the prison; the sum with
which the chapter presented him for his palace was
devoted to the public hospital.
As a child he had given his meal to the poor, and
two thirds of his episcopal revenues were now
annually spent in alms. He daily fed five hundred
needy persons, brought up himself the orphans of the
city, and sheltered the neglected foundlings with a
mother's care. During his eleven years’ episcopate
not one poor maiden was married without an alms from
the Saint. Spurred by his example, the rich and the
selfish became liberal and generous; and when, on
the Nativity of Our Lady, 1555, St. Thomas came to
die, he was well-nigh the only poor man in his see.
Saint for the Day - St. Thomas of Villanova
Read about the Saint for today - September 18 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
"Answer me, O sinner!" St.
Thomas would say, "what can you
purchase with your money better
or more necessary than the
redemption of your sins?"
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