Prayers, Quips and Quotes: Bl. Bonaventure of Potenza, Feast Day October 26




San Damiono Cross
San Damiono Cross

 

Bl. Bonaventure was born Jan. 4, 1651 in Naples, Italy into a poor family.  He studied latin from a priest and became a Franciscan at the age of 15.  He was sent to Amalfi to study and was ordained a priest.

As a priest Bl. Bonaventure was known for his simple but powerful sermons.  When an epidemic broke out he served all who were sick without concern for his own health.  He was known for miraculous cures.  Bl. Bonaventure was a very effective priest.  His humility was admired and his spirituality was focused on humility, service and obedience.

After 45 years of service as a priest he died from gangrene after asking for forgiveness for his faults.  He was given a crucifix and died peacefully on October 26,  after receiving the last sacrament.

Pope Pius VI beatified Bl. Bonaventure in 1775.

 

“No none has the right to sit down and feel helpless, there’s too much to do.”

Quote of Dorothy Day, Servant of God

October is the Month of the Most Holy Rosary

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