May 20 – Saint Bernardino of Siena

In 1400, there was a terrible plague throughout Siena, Italy. Twenty people died on a daily rate. Bernardino, a young man of the city, arrived with his friends to the hospital to care for the sick and dying. His whole life he cared for the sick and as well as an aunt who needed his attention. When his aunt died, Bernardino began to think about what he could do with his life. He prayed and fasted in search of God’s calling. He joined the Franciscans and was ordained a priest. He could not preach because his voice was too weak and hoarse, and he dedicated his life praying and preparing. He was later sent on a mission, and when he began to speak his voice was strong and fascinating. Since then, he began to preach throughout Italy, centralizing a lot in the Name of Jesus.


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