January 11 – Wounded in a duel

January 9, 2017

Blessed Bernard Scammacca, O.P.

Bl Bernard Scammacca

He was born in 1430 to a noble family of Catania, Sicily and given the name Anthony. As was typical of young men at that time, he fought duels. In one of them, his leg was badly wounded. As Anthony convalesced, he had time to think about his life and his future. When his leg healed, he entered the Order of Preachers and was given the name Bernard. As a priest, Fr. Bernard became known for his his kindness in the confessional. For this he is also known as a patron saint of confessors.

(Source: The Dominican Province of Saint Joseph)

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