St. John was born in Voltaggio, Italy, in 1698, one of four children. When he was young, a nobleman and his wife who consume their summertimes in Voltaggio took him back to Genoa to be trained in their home. He abode for three years and during that time gained the good opinion of two visiting Capuchin friars, which contribute to an bidding from his cousin, a canon of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, to come to Rome to study at the Roman College.
He accomplished the classical track of studies, but began practicing severe shames after reading an ascetical record. Their severity, combined with a ponderous trend onu and a bout of epilepsy, led to a outage, and he was forced to leave the college. He recuperated and completed his training at Minerva, but was never again very strong.
At age 23 he was anointed a pastor. He had inspected infirmaries as a student, and now he focused his attention upon them. He concentrated especially on the hospice of Saint Galla, an overnight shelter for paupers that had been founded by Pope Celestine III.
St. John spent the next 40 years of “peoples lives” ministering to the sick and the needy, extremely homeless women for whom he founded a sanctuary. Assigned to Santa Maria Church near the Aventine, he acquired a reputation as a confessor that gleaned crowds of repentants to his confessional. Pope Benedict XIV also elected St. John to teach confinement and other state officials, including the public hangman. His preaching was in great demand, and he was often asked to give address in religious houses.
His frail health eventually made him to move to the Trinita dei Pellegrini in 1763, where he suffered a stroke and received the last sacraments. He recovered enough to resume celebrating Mass, but in 1764 he had another stroke and died at the age of 66. The hospital of the Trinita undertook to pay for the poor priest’s burial. His funeral was attended by 260 clergymen as well as the papal choir. He was canonized in 1881.
1. St. John’s only thought was for souls, so much so that he was announced ” Hunter of Someone .” In all our relations, we extremely should always consider what good we may do for others’ someones. Let us pray for the adoration which directs out all dread so that everything we do will be for the saving of others.
2. St. John’s life was one of complete privation and trust in the Lord’s providence. Any coin he was given was immediately distributed to the poor or spent on the needs of his parish. May we too learn to rely God to take care of all our temporal needs so that we can more generously share with others all the endows He has given us.
Other Saints We Remember Today
St. Julia of Corsica( 440 ), Virgin, Martyr, Patron of Corsica
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