Blessed John of Rieti
Feast Day: August 9
Born: (about) 1300 :: Died: 1350
Blessed John lived in the Umbria region in Italy. He also had a sister who is "blessed," Blessed Lucy of Amelia.
When John was a young man he felt God calling him to become a priest. He really wanted to join the order of St. Augustine and be a brother. They welcomed John into the order and he found himself comfortable and immediately at home.
He loved to pray and to meditate about Jesus, Mary and the saints. He learned how to talk to God, his Father, and he especially took every opportunity he got to serve at Mass.
People from the neighboring towns came to Mass at the church of the Augustinians. They noticed the brother who was always there. He was so peaceful and kind. Brother John went out of his way to welcome them. He made them feel at home.
When people came to the monastery in need, Brother John was there to greet and welcome them. For those who were staying overnight, he would bring them to the guest rooms and make them comfortable. He made sure they had food, medicine and whatever else the monastery could give.
The years passed and Brother John peacefully and without fail continued his religious life. Blessed John was always happy and joyful until his death in 1350.
It was no surprise to anybody who had come to the monastery when miracles started happening at his tomb and people's prayers began being answered. Brother John was not going to let his death stop him from doing his work for Jesus.
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