Blessed Juvenal Ancina

Blessed Juvenal Ancina was born John Juvenal Ancina in 1545, the son of a profitable Spanish businessman. His father despatched him to France to review drugs, however his glorious examine habits earned him the celebrated alternative to finish his research on the University of Turin with doctorates in each drugs and philosophy.

By age 24, he had constructed a thriving medical follow in Turin largely as a consequence of his love for the poor, whom he handled with out cost. In his spare time, he immersed his love of philosophy by his passion of poetry-writing, scripting pretty sonnets in Italian and Latin. In these days, his perspective in the direction of religious issues may very well be described at finest as lukewarm.

His transformation arrived in his personal “awakening” at a funeral mass, when the phrases from the solemn Dies Irae opened his eyes. In an immediate, he noticed that whereas he was good, God anticipated finest. From that second, he started to interact in a lifetime of prayer. He was supplied a place as the non-public doctor of an envoy and due to this fact moved to Rome in 1575. There, Juvenal met and commenced theological research with Saint Robert Bellarmine. Through this friendship, he started religious route beneath St. Philip Neri and finally was ordained a priest with the Oratory.

A profitable preacher, he was credited with the transformation of many lives simply by the phrases of his highly effective sermons. He can be famous for promulgating the “40 hours devotion,” a follow of steady prayer earlier than the Blessed Sacrament. He befriended St. Francis de Sales and sometimes turned the topic of Francis’ writings.

Despite his interior protesting and his makes an attempt to flee the ordination, Juvenal was named Bishop of Saluzzo in 1602. Through this apostolate, he was in a position to make use of a lot of his charisms akin to therapeutic and prophecy. One of his final prophecies foretold of his personal loss of life.

A friar, upset by the truth that Bishop Juvenal had uncovered his affair with a nun, poisoned him with tainted wine at his monastery. He died a number of days later. Juvenal Ancina was declared “blessed” in 1869, as a bishop-confessor.

From Johnnette Benkovic’s Graceful Living: Meditations to Help You Grow Closer to God Day by Day

“When an individual loves one other dearly, he needs strongly to be near the opposite: due to this fact, why be afraid to die? Death brings us to God!”

— Traditionally attributed to St. Josephine Bakhita

What is my sincere perspective towards loss of life? According to St. Josephine, what does the barometer point out about my love of God? What can I do to encourage my love of Him?

Other Saints We Remember Today

  • St. Rose of Lima (1617), Virgin, first canonized saint of the Americas, Patroness Saint of South America and gardeners
  • Saints Felix and Adauctus (304), Martyrs
  • St. Fiacre of Brie (670), Hermit, Patron of gardeners and cab-drivers
  • Blessed Bronislava (1259), Virgin, Patroness of a cheerful loss of life, prevention of illness



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