Saint of the Day

May 7: Blessed Albert of Bergamo

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Blessed Albert was born at Villa d’Ogna, Italy, into a devout family of farmers in the thirteenth century. He married, became a farmer, and also became a tertiary in the Dominican order. Though he was poor himself, he was generous with others who were in need. He also showed his devotion through making multiple pilgrimages—no small task in an age without modern transportation and tour guides–traveling to Rome, to Jerusalem, and to Compostela in Spain. After he settled in Cremona, Italy, he became known as a wonderworker through his prayers. He died in 1279.

Blessed Albert, teach me how to pray like a saint.