Saints and Saintly Dominicans – 21 February

detail from an antique Italian holy card of Blessed Aimo Taparelli; swiped with permission from the Santini Imagini web siteBlessed Aimon, Confessor, O.P.

By his virtues Blessed Aimon worthily upheld the nobility of his birth. He was of the family of the Counts of Lagnasco. He was appointed preacher and counsellor by Blessed Amadeus IX, Duke of Savoy, a prince so charitable that his states were called the “Paradise of the poor.” Blessed Aimon was also professor of the University of Turin, but he preferred to divide his time between missions among the poor country people and retreats made in the solitude of a mountain. His familiarity with the holy angels is well known. Once when chanting the Office of Saint Hippolytus (August 12) he intoned the Versicle at Lauds: “Exultabunt,” etc., the angels replied: “Laetabunter,” etc., to invite him to Heaven. In fact he died on the 15th, the Feast of the Assumption, after having finished the Office of Mary, whom he had so loved and caused to be loved during his long life of nearly a century. Even after his death his hands continued to press the crucifix. It was he who caused the body of Blessed Antony of Pavonia, O.P., to be brought to the Church of Savigliano, on the fa├žade of which he had these words inscribed: “Serve God and so you will obtain salvation, all else is nothing but delusion.”

Prayer

Great servant of God, obtain for me that I may prefer the society of the poor to that of the rich and great.

Practice

Sleep with your crucifix in your hands.