Cloistered Dominican Nuns Corpus Christi Monastery

The Dominican Who Nearly Wasn’t

St Antoninus
St. Antoninus was at first refused the habit of the Order on account of his delicate health, but at last he obtained it by his entreaties and he showed during his who life what can be done by a vigorous soul in a fragile body.

After having caused regular observance to flourish anew in the celebrated congregation of St. Mark, founded by Savonarola, he was obliged in obedience to the Pope to accept the Archbishopric of Florence.

He was a great lover of poverty and used to go and study by the sanctuary lamp in order to economize for the benefit of the poor.  His episcopal palace received the beautiful name of “Hostel of the poor.”  His prudence and penetration into the practical difficulties of the Christian life gained for him the surname of Antoninus the Counsellor.”

His love for the religious life was so great that he kept in his pocket the key of the cell which he had formerly occupied in his monastery, in token of affection and hope of returning there.  He generous assisted with alms some poor needle women on which house he had seen angels, but one day he saw there a demon, for better circumstances had led these young women into idleness and love of dress.

Prayer: My God, give me the spirit of counsel in my work.

Practice: Meditate on the words of St. Antoninus at the hour of death: “To serve God is to reign.”
St. Antoninus, pray for us!

From “Saints and Saintly Dominicans: Daily Reflections on Their Lives”, edited by Rev. Thomas a Kempis Reilly, O.P. (1915).

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