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Thursday, 10 November 2016

10th November, St Andrew Avellino, Confessor

St Andrew Avellino, Confessor

Andrew Avellino was born at Castro-Nuovo, in the Kingdom of Naples. As a youth, he resisted violent temptations. As a priest and a lawyer, he pleaded in the ecclesiastical court. But he gave up his career at the bar, out of fear of uttering the slightest untruth. He then joined the Theatines or Clerks Regular of St Paul at Naples, and obtained, on account of his great love for the cross, that he should be given the name of Andrew. Having become superior of the Institute, he devoted all his free time to prayer and the care of souls. He died at Naples in 1608 at a very advanced age, at the foot of the altar as he was ascending to celebrate mass.

Os justi meditabitur sapientiam, et lingua ejus loquetur judicium; lex Dei ejus in corde ipsius. * Noli aemulari in malignantibus: neque zelaveris facientes iniquitatem.
The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak judgement: the law of his God is in his heart. * Be not emulous of evildoers: nor envy them that work iniquity.
(Psalm 36:30-31,1 from the Introit of Mass)

O God, who didst in a wonderful way lift up to Thyself the heart of blessed Andrew, Thy confessor, by means of the steadfast vow to advance daily in virtue; grant, we beseech Thee, that through his merits and intercession we may share in the same grace; that by ever following the more perfect way, we may happily be brought to Thy glory on high.

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