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It is the 20th of May 2021. Welcome to the Christian History Almanac brought to you by 1517 at 1517.org. I’m Dan van Voorhis.
Today’s remembrance involves a significant saint whose name is also that of a United States city and county.
This county is the largest in the contiguous United States- bigger than Switzerland.
The first Mcdonald's opened here.
President Lyndon B. Johnson once worked here as an elevator doorman.
In 1979 I was born in this city in the hospital bearing the saint's name (St. Bernadine’s in San Bernardino, Ca).
St. Bernadine of Sienna
D. May 20, 1444
Noble birth but orphaned
Studied in Siena
Age 20- plague in Sienna
Worked 4 months in the hospital
Joined the Franciscans at 22
Priest at 24
12 years in solitude
Famous for his preaching tours, he turned down 3 bishoprics to continue his countryside preaching
Attended The council of Florence in 1439
Devotion to “the name of Jesus” IHS- Sacred Monograph- Gothic letters in front of a sun… sun worship was a pagan tradition and some prominent families used images of the sun on their family crests (FIRST 3 letters of Jesus’ name in Greek)
Critical of banking practices he considered usurious… would set the foundation for the Monti di Pieta- private loan societies
Apostle of Italy!
If you did PR for an Italian firm that did advertising for Gambling sites… you have a patron saint x4!
St. Bernadine died on the 20th of May in 1444
The last word for today comes from Philippians 2- the second half of the Philippians hymn. A few days ago we read about Christ’s descent, emptying and humiliation to the point of death on a cross. But Paul continues:
Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
This has been the Christian History Almanac for the 20 th of May 2021 brought to you by 1517 at 1517.org.
The show is produced by a man for whom IHS stands for I Hate Socks, he is Christopher Gillespie.
The show is written and read by Dan van Voorhis.
You can catch us here every day- and remember that the rumors of grace, forgiveness, and the redemption of all things are true…. Everything is going to be ok.