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St. John Baptist Rossi

St. John was born in Voltaggio, Italy, in 1698, one of four children. When he was young, a nobleman and his wife who invest their times in Voltaggio made him back to Genoa to be trained in their home. He stood for three years and during that time gained the good opinion of two inspecting Capuchin friars, which contribute to an invitation from his cousin, a canon of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, to come to Rome to study at the Roman College.

He completed the classical trend of studies, but began practising severe mortifications after reading an ascetical volume. Their severity, combined with a ponderous trend consignment and a bout of epilepsy, contributed significantly to a dislocation, and he was forced to leave the college. He recuperated and completed his training at Minerva, but was never again very strong.

At age 23 he was legislated a pastor. He had inspected infirmaries as a student, and now he focused his attention upon them. He center especially on the hospice of Saint Galla, an overnight refuge for paupers that had been founded by Pope Celestine III.

St. John spent the next 40 years of his life ministering to the sick and the disadvantaged, especially homeless women for whom he founded a sanctuary. Assigned to Santa Maria Church near the Aventine, he acquired a stature as a confessor that selected swarms of penitents to his confessional. Pope Benedict XIV likewise espoused St. John to order prison and other state officials, including the public hangman. His preaching was in great demand, and he was often asked to give residences in religious houses.

His frail health eventually impelled him to move to the Trinita dei Pellegrini in 1763, where he suffered a stroke and received the last sacraments. He recovered enough to resume celebrating Mass, but in 1764 he had another stroke and died at persons below the age of 66. The hospital of the Trinita undertook to pay for the poor priest's burial. His funeral was attended by 260 clergymen as well as the papal choir. He was canonized in 1881.


1. St. John’s merely thought was for souls, so much so that he was called " Hunter of Feeling ." In all our relations, we more should always consider what good we may do for others’ souls. Let us pray for the enjoy which shoots out all horror so that all efforts we do will be for the recovery of others.

2. St. John’s life was one of ended privation and trust in the Lord’s providence. Any coin he was given was immediately distributed to the poor or spent on the needs of his parish. May we very learn to trust God to take care of all our temporal needs so that we can more generously share with others all the endows He has given us.

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