San Giuseppe da Copertino


The Franciscans seem to have many of the mystic saints that I am attracted to. St. Francis of Assissi, my patron St. Anthony of Padua, and of course St. Joseph of Copertino all are noted for the stories about their miracles. I like miraculous saints because life would be rather dull without even the possibility of miracles. I choose to believe these stories because they're so fantastic. Whether or not they happened doesn't concern me all that much; I just want to live in a world where they could.

St. Joseph of Copertino was known to fly several feet off the ground while in extacy. Nothing but the sound of his superior's voice would bring him out of his trances. His miraculous levitation is why he is now the patron of aviators and astronauts. However, I like St. Joseph of Copertino because he is patron of students and test takers. St. Joseph had difficulty with his studies. There's a story that says that for his final exam, he had to give a homily on a specific scripture. St. Joseph prayed to the blessed mother, and likely through her intercession, his superiors asked him to give a homily on the one scripture that he knew well. St. Joseph gave an impressive homily, and they made him into a priest. For this reason, I recommend my fellow collegiates to pray for St. Joseph of Copertino's intercession, especially when taking an exam.

St. Joseph of Copertino, your awe of God and his creation is amazing. While you were not well educated in life, your spiritual knowledge helped you become a priest and saint. Pray for all students, especially those who have difficulty with their school work or exams. And may all students, through your holy example, learn to be in awe of our God. Amen

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