Saint Homobonus, Patron of Businesspeople and Tailors. His Name Means “Good Guy”

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Have you ever heard of Saint Homobonus? Omobono  Tucenghi (also called "Homobonus") was a 12th century tailor from the town of Cremona, on the bank of the Po River in northern Italy.  He inherited a large estate from his father, a successful tailor and merchant; but he was humble and generous.  He believed that God had permitted him to be successful in business, in order that he might donate a large proportion of his income to help the poor. Homobonus was devout, and he attended Mass and re … [Read more...]

Four 19th Century Nuns, Representing Three Nations and Four Unique Charisms, to Become Saints

They came from France, from Italy and from Palestine.  They founded new religious orders; and their orders worked with the elderly and small children, operated a monastery, established missions in many lands, and operated 50 Catholic colleges, providing an education to 35,000 new students per year. On Saturday, February 14, at the close of the Consistory, Pope Francis announced that he will elevate four holy women to sainthood in May.  The new soon-to-be-saints are: Marie-Alphonsine Danil Gh … [Read more...]

The Lord’s Jester and the Pig’s Feet: The Story of Brother Juniper

The Little Flowers of St Francis

In the Middle Ages, followers of St. Francis of Assisi collected legends and anecdotes about the lives of Francis and his followers, which were assembled in a spiritual classic entitled The Little Flowers of St. Francis.  One of the popular figures in the book is Brother Juniper, one of Francis' original followers, who has sometimes been called "The Jester of the Lord."Francis thought very highly of the friar, at one point exclaiming, "Would to God, my brothers, I had a whole forest of such J … [Read more...]