The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century – Blessed AEgidius of Saint Joseph

Saint Giles Mary-of-Saint-JosephA childlike and humble piety adorned Blessed AEgidius of Saint Joseph, a lay-brother of the Alcantarines at Naples. Love of God is not genuine without true love of the neighbor. Blessed AEgidius did all that his station permitted to relieve the social distress of the lower classes. He made it his aim to collect large alms for the poor and men gave freely to him because they knew how unselfishly he distributed their gifts. He died on 7 February 1812, and was declared Blessed in 1888.

– this text is taken from The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century: Saintly Men and Women of Our Own Times, by Father Constantine Kempf, SJ; translated from the German by Father Francis Breymann, SJ; Impimatur by + Cardinal John Farley, Archbishop of New York, 25 September 1916