Saints and Saintly Dominicans – 7 June

Blessed Stephen Bandelli, Confessor, O.P.

Blessed Stephen was a friar of the Convent of Piacenza, which had numbered among its priors Saint Peter Martyr who caused a well to be dug there, the waters of which contained healing properties. In this convent lived also the great missionary, John of Rivalta, honored with the title of Blessed. Stephen, carrying on these holy traditions, became by his application to study very learned in theology and canon law. But his talent for preaching was even more remarkable and was of so powerful a character that he was compared to Saint Paul. He loved to reanimate fervor in tepid and lagging souls, knowing how God is offended, not only by open and scandalous sinners, but also by those who fail to correspond with His grace and give themselves sluggishly and unwillingly to His service. After his death Blessed Stephen was seen to appear in the air, together with the Blessed Virgin, over the town of Saluces when besieged by cruel enemies. In fact he delivered it from imminent ruin, and the inhabitants vowed a gratitude which has never failed down to our own times, in spite of man’s natural tendency to forget past benefits. (1450)

Prayer

“Awake, then, O my soul, and shake off this drowsiness which has lasted all through life” (Saint Catherine of Sienna).

Practice

Meditate on these words of Saint Paul: “Be ye imitators of me, even as I am of Jesus Christ,” and ask yourself if you are eager to fulfill them.