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Blessed Bonaventure Tornielli

March 31
Born: 1411 in Forli, Italy
Died: 1491

Joined the Servite Order in 1448, and became a Bible expert. Though he was noted by his brothers for his love of contemplative silence, he became one of the greatest Servite preachers, preaching missions throughout southern Italy and the Papal States, always on the theme of repentance; Pope Sixtus IV referred to him as the Apostolic Preacher. Served several years as vicar-general of his Order.

Oh God, who didst impart to Blessed Bonaventure, the Confessor, the grace of recalling sinners to repentence, grant we bessech thee, through his merits and intercession, that we may also weep over our sins, so that, renewed in heart and will, we may serve thee faithfully until death. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

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