St John Joseph of the Cross; St Theophilus of Antioch; St Gerasimus
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St John Joseph of the Cross
Self-denial is never an end in itself but is only a help toward greater
charity as the life of St. John Joseph shows.
John Joseph was very ascetic even as a young man. At 16 he joined the
Franciscans in Naples; he was the first Italian to follow the reform movement of St. Peter
Alcantara. John Joseph's reputation for holiness prompted his superiors to put him in charge of
establishing a new friary even before he was ordained.
Obedience moved John Joseph to accept appointments as novice
master, guardian and, finally, provincial. His years of mortification enabled him to offer these
services to the friars with great charity. As guardian he was not above working in the kitchen or
carrying the wood and water needed by the friars.
When his term as provincial expired, John Joseph dedicated
himself to hearing confessions and practicing mortification, two concerns contrary to the spirit of
the dawning Age of Enlightenment. John Joseph was canonized in 1839.
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