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Saint John of God, Religious
Saint John of God was born in 1495 in Portugal. His parents were very devout and upon his mother’s death, John’s father entered religious life. The young John began working as a shepard for a local farmer and quickly grew in favor with the man. When he was offered the heir to the farm, as well as the farmer’s daughter, John turned down the offer and decided to become a soldier.
Under King Charles V, John fought valiantly but he realized he enjoyed working the printing press and selling religious books and pictures more. Upon a stay in Granada, he heard a sermon by St. John of Avila and was encouraged to follow the religious life more fully. He pilgrimaged to the shrine of Our Lady of Guadeloupe and once there, discovered his calling to aid the sick and infirmed. St. John of God worked tirelessly for the ill and is remembered as a heavenly helper to those who are in the hospital or dying. He was canonized by Pope Alexander VIII in 1690.*
Written by Sarah Ciotti
*Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “St.John of God.”
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