Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
John of God, O.H., was a Portuguese-born soldier turned health-care worker in Spain, whose followers later formed the Brothers Hospitallers of Saint John of God, a worldwide Catholic religious institute dedicated to the care of the poor, sick, & those suffering from mental disorders.Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
Having given up active Christian belief while a soldier, John was forty before the depth of his sinfulness began to dawn on him. He decided to give the rest of his life to God's service, & headed at once for Africa, where he hoped to free captive Christians & possibly be martyred. He was soon advised that his desire for martyrdom was not spiritually well based, & returned to Spain & the relatively prosaic activity of a religious goods store. Yet he was still not settled. Moved initially by a sermon of Saint John of Ávila (10 May), he one day engaged in a public beating of himself, begging mercy & wildly repenting for his past life.'Tis also the festival of Saint Duthac, Bishop (circa 1000-1065, A.K.A. Duthus), the "Chief Confessor of Ireland & Scotland:" Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.
'Tis also the festival of Blessed Wincenty Kadłubek, Bishop, O.Cist. (circa 1160-1223, A.K.A. Vincent Kadlubek): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.
Scripture of the Day
The Book of Jonah, chapter three, verses one thru ten;
Psalm Fifty-one, verses three & four, twelve & thirteen, eighteen & nineteen;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter eleven, verses twenty-nine thru thirty-two.