Tuesday, May 20, 2014

May 20: Saint Bernardine of Siena

St. Bernardine of Siena

History

Even though Bernardine was very good at caring for sick people, he did not know if that was what God wanted him to do. He fasted and prayed until he realized he should join the Franciscans. The Franciscans were missionary preachers, but Bernardine’s voice was weak and hoarse, so he spent his first 12 years praying that God would prepare him for mission work. The first time he preached, his voice was so strong and commanding, everybody loved what he had to say. Pope Pius II compared him to the Apostle Paul, too. Bernardine preached until he died peacefully when he was almost 64 years old.

Activity

Sometimes we have to ask God for the gifts that we need to do the work He has given us to do. Is there something you think you’re supposed to be doing, but you think there’s no way because you don’t have a particular skill or ability? Start praying for it today! Saint Bernadine of Siena had to way 12 years for the gift, but when he received it, he was amazing.

Saint Bernadine of Siena, pray for us!

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