Saint John Leonardi

Giving Unto Death

St. John Leonardi was born in 1541 in Lucca, Italy. While finding out for the priesthood, he additionally labored as a pharmacist’s apprentice. After his ordination on December 2, 1572, he labored with prisoners and the sick. His charitable and selfless instance attracted some younger laymen who started to help him, most of whom then grew to become clergymen themselves.

The group of clergy shaped the Clerks Regular of the Mother of God, a congregation of diocesan clergymen. Because of the politics of the Reformation and an unfounded accusation that John shaped the group for his personal private aggrandizement, the congregation acquired nice opposition; it was distinguished for studying however was initially dedicated to combating Protestantism and to selling the Counter-Reformation. The Clerks acquired episcopal approval on October 13, 1595 by Pope Clement VIII; nonetheless, John was exiled from Lucca for a lot of the remainder of his life. He was assisted in his exile by Saint Philip Neri (himself a founding father of a congregation — the Oratorians). Saint Philip, ever the joyful and giving saint, gave John his quarters — and his pet cat!

In 1579 John shaped the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (the inspiration for our present C.C.D. — spiritual training — courses), and printed a compendium of Christian doctrine that remained in use till revised within the nineteenth century. John died on October 9, 1609, from a illness caught whereas caring for victims of the plague, and is buried in Santa Maria in Portico. By the deliberate coverage of the founder, the Clerks Regular of the Mother of God have by no means had greater than 15 church buildings, and at present kind solely a really small congregation.

John was canonized in 1938.

Graceful living

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

Today it’s modern to speak concerning the poor. Unfortunately it isn’t modern to speak with them.

— St. Teresa of Calcutta, reported by John Scally in Mother Teresa: The Irish Connection

Who are the poor in my midst? How can I attain out to them, individual to individual?

Other Saints We Remember Today

  • St. Denis (Dionysius), Bishop, patron towards demons and complications, and Companions (Rusticus & Eleutherius), third Century, Martyrs
  • St. Louis Bertrand (1581), Priest, Religious
  • St. Dionysius the Areopagite (1581), Priest, Religious



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