MEMORIAL OF ST. JOHN NEUMANN, BISHOP
A tireless and zealous missionary, St. John Neumann was once walking through the woods when blisters began to form on his feet. He sat down to treat the discomfort and found himself surrounded by a group of native warriors. Fearful he would be attacked, he offered everything he was carrying, hoping to escape being robbed and beaten. The group of Native Americans, recognizing him as a priest and that his feet were causing him pain, used a blanket to make a makeshift stretcher and carried him to his destination. Throughout his letters and writings, he expressed great concern for the spiritual welfare of Native Americans and worked to bring the Gospel to them. Neumann’s life is filled with charming stories like this one, each one a sign of God’s providential care for the missionary bishop of Philadelphia.
Almighty God, thank you for your constant care and for the countless blessings you have bestowed upon me. Today I renew my trust in you, O God, and in your divine providence, for I know that you will never abandon me. Amen.
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