Today's Saint (May 20): Bernardine of Siena
Saint Bernardine (1380 - 1444) was born in Siena, Italy, of a noble and wealthy family. He renounced his life of luxury, choosing instead a life of poverty in the sacred Order of St. Francis.
He is remembered for his powerful and consistent preaching of the Gospel to others throughout the villages and towns near his monastery.
Tradition has it that many miracles occurred during his preaching of the Gospel. Pray that God gives us the same fervent love of His Name as Bernardin had, so that we, too, may be called faithful stewards by Our Lord when he appears. (The day's collect and epistle, page C 34 and F 25, People's Anglican Missal)
Books Worth Considering
Poverty and Joy: The Franciscan Tradition
History of the Franciscan Order: From Its Origins to the Year 1517
To Live As Francis Lived: A Guide for Secular Franciscans (The Path of Franciscan Spirituality)
Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church