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Today, in Staffordshire, the Memoria is kept of St Charles of St Andrew, a nineteenth century Dutch Passionist priest who was sent to England in 1852. He spent a few days at Aston Hall, near Stone in Staffordshire, before moving to another Passionist monastery.

A former altar boy said of him at the Apostolic Processes: ‘I recall Fr Charles especially as a man of continuous prayer. Wherever he was, passing along the corridors, etc., his lips continually moved: occasionally he would make an ejaculation aloud. We boys were greatly impressed by the sight of his continuous prayer. I never saw him but that he was praying. After his death, one of the religious here (I cannot recall his name) told me that Fr Charles’ knees were like huge knobs as a result of his long hours of kneeling in prayer’.

May St Charles pray for us, that we too may pray always, and may God bless you this day.