Saturday, January 05, 2008

The right man for the job

Today is the feast of St. John Neumann, Redemptorist and bishop of Philadelphia. (He was novice director for Blessed Francis X. Seelos, so well loved in New Orleans.)
My favorite story about today's saint surrounds his appointment as bishop. He refused the appointment (well, I suppose that technically, he asked that it be reconsidered for serious reasons), and ordered a community of sisters he served as spiritual director to pray and offer sacrifices "to avert a great catastrophe" about to fall the diocese of Philadelphia.

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