"But what hast Thou, O my Jesus,
left us, when quitting this world,
in memory of Thy love?
Not, indeed, a garment or a ring, but
Thine own body, Thy blood,
Thy soul, Thy divinity,
Thy whole self, without reserve."
St Bernardine of Siena
Franciscan priest, tireless preacher
Italy ~ 1380-1444
FEAST DAY - May 20
Especially known for his devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus,
Bernardine devised a symbol—IHS, the first three letters
of the name of Jesus in Greek, in Gothic letters on a blazing sun.
"Jesus, Name full of glory, grace, love and strength! You are the refuge
of those who repent, our banner of warfare in this life, the medicine
of souls, the comfort of those who morn, the delight of those who believe,
the light of those who preach the true faith, the wages of those who toil,
the healing of the sick." - St Bernardine
Ste Bernardine, ora pro nobis!