Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Blessed Ambrose Sansedoni of Siena (April 16, 1220 to March 20, 1287)

   "Why one man rather than another? It was odd. You find yourself involved with one fellow for life just because he was the one that you met when you were nineteen."   (Simeone de Beauvoir)

  Is it possible that your high school sweetheart is your one true love? The man or woman you were destined to be with? Although in several cases such marriages or relationships have lastest past the golden anniversary, the answer is probably not. There are how many people on this planet, so what's the chance that you'd find your one and only on the first or second shot?
  However, I believe in predestination, so even if a person is in a relationship with someone or marries and gets divorced, it was all mapped out prior to meeting them. There is a reason for everything.
  So, logically speaking, it's unlikely that you'd meet the right mate in your teens, but intuitively I believe you can. Why do such things happen? I call them premonitions.
  Today's blog entry is about a mystic who is a patron of betrothed and engaged couples. Blessed Ambrose Sansedoni of Siena was born on April 16, 1220 to a noble family. He was so horribly deformed that his mother didn't keep him around and handed him over to a nurse.
  Blessed Ambrose Sansedoni of Siena was only a baby, but whenever he was a the local Dominican church with the nurse he perked up and was happy. One day, as she was about to cover his face, a parishioner told her not to. That the baby would be the glory of Siena. Within days, Blessed Ambrose of Sansedoni was no longer deformed.
  He joined the Dominicans at age 17 and studied in France and Germany with several saints including St. Thomas Aquinas. And although Blessed Ambrose Sansedoni of Siena wanted to be a writer, he felt he could not match the work of St. Thomas Aquinas so took to preaching.
  Blessed Ambrose Sansedoni of Siena died on March 20, 1287. He was beatified on Oct. 8, 1622 and his feast day is Oct. 8.

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