The feast day of St. Michael de Sanctis is celebrated on April 10. He is the patron saint of cancer patients.
St. Michael was born in Catalina, Spain in 1591. At the age of six he declared to his parents that he would become a monk. In fact, he imitated St. Francis of Assisi with such zeal that his parents had to restrain him. His parents died, leaving him an orphan. He worked as an apprentice to a merchant.
In 1603 at the age of twelve, Michael joined the Trinitarian Friars of Barcelona. Soon after he was given permission to join the reformed group of Trinitarians which observed a stricter rule. He was ordained a priest and served as Superior of the house in Valladolid. He had a great devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and was known for experiencing ecstasies during the consecration of the host during Mass.
St. Michael died at the age of 35 in 1625. Many miracles were attributed to him at the time of his death. He was known for his holiness and enthusiasm for a life of prayer. He is often shown in art as kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament. St.
Pope Pius IX canonized St. Michael de Sanctis on June 8, 1862.
Joy, with peace, is the sister of charity. Serve the Lord with laughter.
St. Padre Pio; Feast day Sept. 23
April is the Month of the Eucharist.