Friday, 18 September 2015

18th September - Joseph of Cupertino

Patron of aviators, flying, air travellers & studying

Joseph was born at Cupertino, Naples, in 1603. He has been described as a nuisance, slow and absent-minded and he would wander around, going nowhere, his mouth gaping open. He had a bad temper and remained unpopular. He tried his hand at shoemaking, but failed. He joined the Order of Capuchins but was sent away because he could not seem to do anything right. He dropped piles of dishes and frequently forgot what he was told. He was finally accepted as a servant at the Franciscan monastery. Joseph began to change. He grew more humble and gentle, more careful and more successful at his work. 

It is said that his life was marked by ecstasies and levitations.There was great interest in the unusual and Joseph’s ecstasies caused both admiration and disturbance in the community. For 35 years he was not allowed to attend choir, go to the common refectory, walk in procession, or say Mass in church. To prevent making a spectacle he was ordered to remain in his room with a private chapel.

Joseph retained his joyous spirit, keeping seven Lents of 40 days each year, never letting his faith be shaken. He became incredibly popular with common people and died on September 18, 1663.