A saint that you just might not have heard of is Bl. John Juvenal Ancina.
A Turning Point
Joining the Oratory
Then Bl. John joined the Oratory founded by St. Philip Neri. In the Oratory, despite his position, training, and learning, and abilities, he chose to take the menial jobs of cleaning candlesticks and sweeping the floor. He also chose to live a life of penance by wearing a hair shirt, sleeping on the bare floor, getting only 4 hours of sleep, and eating course food.
Obeying the Pope
How He Shared the Faith
Bl. John welcomed him with open arms and invited him to eat with him and the priests in his household. The man was placed at the seat of honor and Bl. John treated him as his special guest that evening and over the course of the next several days. During that time Paul would hear the bishop preach and observe him in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament as part of the 40 Hours Devotion.
Finally, Paul took action. He took his wife and sisters with him to Rome where they were brought into the fullness of faith by the Holy Office. He then became a gardener to the Apostolic Palace in Rome where he served the remainder of his life. "Greatly preferring," as he noted, "to live as a Catholic in enforced poverty rather than as before in the hands of the devil, with many riches."
Image: Bl. John Juvenal, Patron of Fossano, Italy
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