Bernardine and the Holy Name

Posted May 20, 2019 8:56 pm by John Paul Meenan, Editor

Bernardine and the Holy Name

Saint Bernardine of Siena (+1444) was a fiery, implacable Franciscan friar, whose apostolic work was during the tumultuous first half of the 15th century, when immorality was rife, and the Church had stumbled into schism, with three rival claimants to the papacy in what we now know of as the Great Western Schism in 1378, two years before our saint’s birth.
His sermons – despite his apparently raspy voice – drew thousands, as he preached throughout Italy, inveighing against vices, with his exhortations sometimes ending, if particularly eloquent we may presume, with a ‘bonfire of the vanities’, the townspeople casting into

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