Saint Nicholas of Tolentino: Patron of the Holy Souls

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"A joy to those who were sad, a consolation to those who were suffering, peace to those who were at odds with one another, refreshment to those who were weary from their daily toil, support for those who were poor and a healing balm for those who found themselves in prison." This is the way a fellow religious described the ministry of St. Nicholas of Tolentino. Thanks to Pope Leo XIII who gave him the title in 1884, we remember him today, though, principally as the special patron saint of the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Who was this holy pioneer in
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Overview

"A joy to those who were sad, a consolation to those who were suffering, peace to those who were at odds with one another, refreshment to those who were weary from their daily toil, support for those who were poor and a healing balm for those who found themselves in prison." This is the way a fellow religious described the ministry of St. Nicholas of Tolentino. Thanks to Pope Leo XIII who gave him the title in 1884, we remember him today, though, principally as the special patron saint of the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Who was this holy pioneer in the Order of Saint Augustine so often confused with his namesake, St. Nicholas of Myra (or Bari) -- Santa Claus? What was his relationship with another very popular saint, St. Rita of Cascia? How did the custom of blessing and distributing the "Bread of St. Nicholas" on his feast day come into being? And how did he become the patron saint of the Holy Souls in Purgatory? These and many other questions are answered in this fascinating little biography of a saint whose feast is celebrated by the Augustinian Family throughout the world on September 10th each year.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780818909542
  • Publisher: Alba House
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 69
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The Man
A Promising Beginning 3
The Augustinians 5
A New Way of Life 7
The Path to Tolentino 9
Ministry 10
Confessor 11
Friend of the Poor 12
Priest 14
His Father's Son 16
Life in the Monastery 18
The Ascetic 20
Man of Prayer 21
Powerful Intercessor 22
Patron of the Holy Souls 24
Saint Nicholas and Our Lady 27
The Eternal Sabbath 28
Saint Nicholas and His Symbols 31
2. The Witness
Model of Saints 37
Spiritual Father 38
Inspiration and Guide 43
3. The Message
What Can Nicholas of Tolentino Teach Us Today? 47
4. Prayers and Devotions
Prayers 55
Prayer for the Faithful Departed 55
Prayer for the Faithful Departed 56
Prayer in Time of Sickness 56
The Bread of Saint Nicholas 57
Background 57
Prayer of Blessing 58
Saint Nicholas in the United States 59
Bibliographical Note 61
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