Thursday, 26 November 2015

26th November - John Berchmans

Son of a shoemaker, and one of five children, three of whom entered religious life. John had great devotion to his position as an altar boy which led to devotion to all he did later in life. He was a Jesuit noviate and a student at the Jesuit College in Belgium. John had a dream of helping and teaching multi-lingual migrants and he studied the languages of Europe. However, he died of unknown causes following his participation in a public debate; he did not live to be ordained.

John Berchmans was not noted for any extraordinary feats, but he made kindness, courtesy, and constant fidelity an important part of his life. The path to holiness can lie in the ordinary rather than the extraordinary.