Franciscan Saints

23rd December

The Servant of God Bernadino Busti of Milan

Confessor, First Order

St. Francis, himself was not a learned man and many of his first associates were simple men like the fishermen of Galilee, however the Holy founder did not despise learning, rather holding it in high regard desired it to be ordered with piety.

Bernadino Busti of Milan excelled in both piety and learning and after his preparatory studies devoted himself to studying Law at the famed university of Pavia, where he developed eminent knowledge. Yet this did not satisfy his heart and he feared the pride and reputation which do often accompany such achievements. it is for that reason that he preferred the Order of the Friars Minor to his profession as Lawyer. Bernadino received the habit in the Province of Milan.

After completing the Novitiate and his Profession, at his superiors desire he devoted himself to the study of Theology and was distinguished among his fellows. Particularly he prepared himself for the Office of Preaching under the tutelage of Father Michael of Carcano OFM, then Bernadino laboured with great blessing being one of the most distinguished orators in Italy. In his many homilies on Devotion to the Blessed Virgin and the sufferings of Christ Bernadino turned many sinners to repentance, and good Christians to perfection.

Due to general request he committed his homilies to paper and through the recent invention of printing were published far and wide with many editions appearing outside Italy. Additionally Bernadino wrote many works of canonical and moral content, not on these but gave to us proofs of his piety, which did not cool despite all his labours as preacher and missionary. He composed an Office of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the touchingly devout Office of the Holy Name of Jesus, which, with a few minor changes, was introduced into the Franciscan Order for the feast of the Holy Name, and later was prescribed for the whole church by Pope Innocent XIII.

Richly endowed with merit, universally reputed as a saint because of his outstanding virtues, Bernardino died in Melignano in 1500.

Bernadino De'Busti  A Franciscan Poet by Edward Hutton

Prayer of the Church
(Sixth Sunday After Pentecost)

O God of Hosts, the giver of all good things, implant in our
hearts the love of Thy name; make us to grow in fervour;foster
in us that which is good; and in Thy loving kindness, of that
which Thou fosterest, be Thou Thyself the safeguard.
Through this same Christ our Lord who liveth and reigneth
with Thee and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.

Source: Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed., The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald press, Chicago, Illinois

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