Oil Dedicated to St Joseph of Leonessa (Martyr)
St Joseph of Leonessa (Martyr) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Also known as Giuseppe da Leonessa, was an Italian Franciscan friar and martyr. He was born on January 8, 1556, in the town of Leonessa, located in the region of Umbria, Italy. Joseph came from a devout Catholic family, and from an early age, he displayed a strong inclination towards religious life.
Throughout his life, Joseph undertook various missionary journeys, spreading the Gospel and helping those in need. He traveled extensively throughout Italy, preaching, ministering to the sick, and bringing comfort to the suffering. Joseph was known for his compassion and selflessness, and many people were touched by his words and actions.
In 1612, Joseph found himself in the city of Città di Castello, where a plague epidemic was devastating the population. Despite the dangers, he fearlessly entered the afflicted areas, providing spiritual and physical assistance to the sick and dying. Joseph tirelessly attended to the needs of the people, regardless of their social status or the severity of their illness.
Tragically, while caring for the plague victims, Joseph contracted the disease himself and succumbed to it on February 4, 1612. His death was a testament to his unwavering commitment to serving others and his willingness to lay down his life for the sake of the Gospel.
St. Joseph of Leonessa canonized as a saint by Pope Benedict XIV on June 29, 1746. He revered as a model of selflessness, courage, and devotion to God. His feast day celebrated on February 4, the anniversary of his death.
The life of St. Joseph of Leonessa serves as an inspiration to people of all generations, reminding them of the importance of love, compassion, and service to others. His legacy continues to cherished by the faithful, who seek his intercession in times of hardship and strive to emulate his virtuous life.