Saturday, February 17, 2007

St. Joseph Moscati

I was very touched by the devotion to St. Joseph Moscati in Naples. He was a doctor who died in 1927 who treated the poor freely and gave generously to their needs. It was very touching to see the devotion of many Neopolitans to this new saint. His relics are in the altar of the New Gesu people come up and touch the front of the altar and then kiss a rather modern bronze statue, and hold its hand. There is a museum of his rooms and various things associated with him and halls literally covered with little ex voto silver offerings in thanks for prayers answered. It is all very moving and shows what a modern cultus should be about.
Look him up, and say a prayer to him.


Anonymous said...

Oh, how lovely! Yes, Naples is, among other things, the city of a multitude of saints. I am very proud of my own antenati of the much regretted Kingdom of Naples and the Two Sicilies.

Anonymous said...

People should read this.

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