"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Remembering Blessed Alberto Marvelli

October 5 is the anniversary of his death.

Today is also his feast day. The reason I favor lay saints is because they demonstrate that we can attain sanctity in and through ordinary life... And they didn't do it by endlessly trying to figure out what God wanted them to do.  They lived each day recognizing the will of God in the present moment... whatever the circumstances of their life.

Marvelli kept a diary since the age of 15 which reveals many details about his life. In one entry he wrote, "What a great deal of work is needed in this world which is so far from Christ; it is necessary for us to offer sacrifices; we must act to the utmost of our strength to make Christ known and loved. It is the call of duty we are urged by, and we are obliged to realize it."
Bl. Alberto prayed for the grace to be able to practice acts of mercy: “Jesus give me a bit of Thy infinite love for men and their miseries, of Thy endless and supernatural ardour of apostolate”.

Alberto was struck by a military truck and killed on October 5, 1946, while on his way to the aid of a poor family.

Today is also the anniversary of the death of St. Faustina.  Her story here.


  1. I know that lay people can be saints, but can non-Italians?

    Borrowed that joke from my Mom, who is simply the best.

  2. I love the prayer you have posted in the upper right, and I recently learned about learned about praying the Chaplet of the Holy Face, and with others, as encouraged by Cardinal Burke, I am praying it every day for our Church, during the Synod on the Family.

    Thank you for your website, which has helped me understand those I love who have struggled as you have given witness to here...it helps me...

    I recall a beautiful prayer from an essay by Anthony Esolen: that we all will be conformed to the beauty of Jesus.

    So with all who are praying at this moment for our Holy Church, may Jesus conform us to his own beauty, that we might have hands that touch like his, eyes to see like his, ears to hear like his, that our lives might lend the sweet fragrance of Christ to all men, that we might be the salt of the earth - as Jesus desires us to be.



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