Saint Pacificus of San Severino was born into a distinguished family in the Marche of Ancona in central Italy. After joining the Friars Minor, he was ordained. He taught philosophy for two years and then began a successful preaching career.

Pacifico was an ascetic man. He fasted perpetually, eating no more than bread, soup or water. His “hair shirt” was made of iron. Poverty and obedience were two virtues for which his confreres especially remembered him.

At the age of 35, Pacifico contracted an illness that eventually left him deaf, blind and crippled. He offered his sufferings for the conversion of sinners, and he cured many of the sick who came to him. Pacifico also served as the superior of the friary in San Severino. He was canonized in 1839.

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  1. Ecce Crucem Domini!
    Fugite partes adversae!
    Vicit Leo de tribu Juda,
    Radix David! Alleluia!

    Saint Pacificus of San Severino, pray for us. Especially for celibacy, obedience, poverty of the clergy, to reinforce their role as willing participants in a life of sacrifice, with ascetic self-denial. Help us to offer our prayers, sufferings, good works as a means of grace to achieve this abiding sanctity in their vocations. Amen.


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