May 5: Saint Angelo of Siciliy

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As is sometimes the case, accurate details about the life of this saint are hard to disentangle from later, embroidered accounts. Saint Angelo (d. 1220) was one of the earliest members of the Carmelite order and lived in Sicily, Italy. His preaching about the Gospel apparently included admonitions to live a virtuous life, rather than a sinful life, which annoyed a powerful man named Berengarius. One day, a band of Berengarius’ men attacked Angelo while he was preaching to a crowd and stabbed him. Saint Angelo prayed for his murderer as he died, and the Church acknowledges him as both a saint and a martyr.

Saint Angelo, show me how to forgive.

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