Feast of St. John Baptist Rossi (May 23)   Leave a comment

Above:  Flag of the Papal States

SAINT JOHN BAPTIST ROSSI (1698-1764)

Roman Catholic Priest

Born near Genoa and raised in the household of a nobleman of the Republic of Genoa, St. John Baptist Rossi started college at Genoa at age thirteen.  His first attempt did not end in graduation.  A variety of causes, including epilepsy and a breakdown, contributed to this reality.  Yet the saint did recover well enough to resume and complete his studies.  Ordained in 1721, he spent the next four decades providing shelter to homeless women and girls.

Then there was his pastoral work.  The saint served as assistant priest at Santa Maria Church, Cosmedin, Rome, from 1731 to 1736.  It had been a dwindling parish yet large numbers of people flocked to the saint’s confessional booth.  In 1736 he became pastor of the parish.  The saint used his salary to purchase an organ and hire an organist for the church.  He retired due to ill health in 1763 and suffered two strokes in that year and in 1764.  The saint died penniless, so the hospital paid for the funeral, at which the papal choir sang.

The saint died penniless, but he had invested in people throughout his life.  He pursued a life of virtue, a life of care for his fellow human beings.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 18, 2012 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF ROGER WILLIAMS, FOUNDER OF RHODE ISLAND

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O God, your Son came among us to serve and not to be served, and to give his life for the life of the world.

Lead us by his love to serve all those to whom the world offers no comfort and little help.

Through us give hope to the hopeless, love to the unloved, peace to the troubled, and rest to the weary,

through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Hosea 2:18-23

Psalm 94:1-15

Romans 12:9-21

Luke 6:20-36

Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 60

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