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 11th November

The Servant of God Bonavita of Lugo

 Confessor, Third Order

Memorial 1 March

Blessed Bonavita lived and died in the little town of Lugo, fourteen miles west of Ravenna. It is recorded of him that whether walking or sitting, at work or at leisure, indoors or out of doors, he was liable to become so rapt in contemplation as to be oblivious to all that was round about him. He had the true Franciscan spirit, and when one bitter winter's day he found a poor wretch half frozen outside the church he stripped and gave the man his own clothes. The little urchins of the town pursued the nearly naked blacksmith with abuse and stones, but he reached home unhurt and unperturbed. Upon another beggar he bestowed his newly-mended shoes, and he made it his regular practice not only to feed the hungry, but to visit the prison and to help bury the dead.

A disastrous fire broke out which destroyed many of the houses in Lugo, but although nearly the whole population turned out in the hope of arresting its progress, Bonavita appears not even to have noticed it. When his attention was at last aroused he proceeded to the spot where the conflagration was raging, and as soon as he made the sign of the cross the fire was totally extinguished. We are told that through the same holy sign he also wrought many other wonders, but it must be admitted that the evidence for these marvels is not very satisfactory. The cult of this good tertiary seems never to have been formally approved.

See the Acta Sanctorum, March, vol. i, where the details given are derived mainly from Wadding, Annales, s.a, 1375.

Prayer of the church

(Third Sunday after Easter)

O God, who dost show the light of thy truth unto those who

go astray, that they may return to the path of righteousness, grant,

that we who are of the Christian Faith may abhor whatever is

contrary to that name and strive after that which is in agreement

with it.

Through the same Christ Our Lord  Who liveth and reigneth
with Thee and the Holy Spirit,  One God, now and forever.  Amen

Ingplants.com, Modified 2013, Saint of the Day,1 March,1375 Blessed Bonavita_A_Blacksmith_By_Trade, accessed 15 October 2013,<web:www.lngplants.com/Saint_of_the_DayMarch01.html#1375_BD_BONAVITA_A_BLACKSMITH_by_trade>

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



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