This sixteenth century Jesuit priest came from an aristocratic family. Despite his noble origins, he gave himself fully to caring for victims of the plague in Italy, eventually contracting the disease himself. He died at the age of thirty-three.

A prayer to our Lady that he wrote is one we can easily make our own: ‘O Holy Mary, My Mother: into thy blessed trust and special custody, and into the bosom of thy mercy, I this day, and every day, and in the hour of my death, commend my soul and body. To thee I commit all my anxieties and sorrows, my life and the end of my life, that by thy most holy intercession, and by thy merits, all my actions may be directed and governed by thy will and that of thy Son’.

May he pray for us, and may God bless you this day.