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St. Andrew Corsini

Bishop, Confessor

February 4

Andrew, of the noble family of the Corsini of Florence, was born in answer to his parentsÂ’ prayer to God and dedicated to the Mother of God. He was brought up devoutly in his youth, yet was inclined to evil ways and often rebuked by his mother. But when he realized that he had been dedicated to the Virgin by his parentsÂ’ vow, he became fired with the love of God and joined the Carmelite Order, becoming its superior in Etruria.

In the meantime, the Church of Fiesole had been widowed of its shepherd and elected Andrew as its bishop. He finally agreed to undertake this office, lest he should go against the will of God, and carried it out with the greatest zeal for souls and with pastoral solicitude. Urban V sent him as his legate to Bologna to restore order among the seditious populace, and with the greatest prudence he managed to extinguish the mortal feuds among its citizens. Worn out with his unceasing toils and sufferings, he slept in peace in the year 1373, at the age of seventy-one, and Urban VIII enrolled him among the Saints.

Taken from The Hours of the Divine Office in English and Latin, Vol. I: Advent to Passion Sunday (Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1963), pp. 1753-1754.

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