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February 14th Blessed Nicholas Palea. Nicholas earned great fame as a preacher. On one occasion, when he was preaching in the cathedral of Brescia, two irreverent young men began disturbing the congregation and soon made such a commotion that Nicholas could not make himself heard. Nicholas left the cathedral to a neighboring hill and there called to the birds to come to listen to him. Like the birds in the similar story of Saint Francis, flocks of feathered creatures fluttered down at his…

January 19th Saint Tommaso da Cori. Spent his youth as a shepherd. Studied philosophy and theology in Viterbo, Italy. Joined the Observant Franciscans in 1675. Parish priest, assigned to Civitella, Italy. Known for his simple life, his strict observance of the Franciscan way, and his gifts of healing. His preaching, confessions and spiritual retreats, incarnated the evangelical counsel of the total gift of self to God and his fellow men.

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