Sept 18th - Joseph of Cupertino
If you have ever traveled by air, this guy is your man. He was prone to ecstasies and, during them, bouts of levitation - hence his being the patron of air travel.
Joseph did not have the book learning but his spiritual insights drew him along. There are many stories about his clumsiness, his patience, his humility, and his ignorance. He may not have been the most likely candidate for the priesthood but he was for sainthood, and so should be an inspiration and example for each of us in that department.
Today I also call attention to Stanisław Kostka, a young Jesuit who died young and was also blessed with mystical experiences and for whom my great-grandfather wrote a mass as an inspiration to the young men at the college where he taught.
Clearly, what God wants above all is our will which we received as a free gift from God in creation and possess as though our own. When a man trains himself to acts of virtue, it is with the help of grace from God from whom all good things come that he does this. The will is what man has as his unique possession.
-- From the Office in the Franciscan breviary
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