Thursday, April 10, 2014

April 10: Saint Michael de Sanctis

St. Michael de Sanctis

History 

Saint Michael de Sanctis knew what he wanted to do with his life when he was only six years old: become a monk and worship God. Sometimes his parents thought he took things too seriously and would try to make him stop imitating monks. When he was 12, he was able to enter the Order of Trinitarian Friars, taking vows four years later. But when he met brothers from an even more disciplined order, he asked to be transferred. He set a high standard for himself. All the other monks found him to be sincerely devoted to Christ. Sometimes during Mass, he would be so filled with joy and love for Christ, it was almost as if his body was on earth but his mind was in heaven.

Activity

Saint Michael de Sanctis loved to pray before the Blessed Sacrament. Being “face to face” with Jesus in the Eucharist has been a powerful experience for many saints. Today, stop by a Catholic parish and pray before the tabernacle (or if you have a chapel with perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in your community, so much the better!). Even if you can only schedule 10 minutes into your day for this, it can be a very powerful experience.

Saint Michael de Sanctis, pray for us!

More reading for parents:

Catholic Encyclopedia