Saint Andrew Corsini

Date: 
January 9, 2016
January 9, 2017
January 9, 2018
January 9, 2019
January 9, 2020
OCD commemoration: 
Memorial
Classification: 
Bishop

Andrew was born at the beginning of the fourteenth century in Florence and entered the Carmelite Order there. He was elected provincial of Tuscany at the general chapter of Metz in 1348. He was made bishop of Fiesole on October 13, 1349, and gave the Church a wonderful example of love, apostolic zeal, prudence and love of the poor. He died on January 6, 1374.  He was canonized April 29, 1629, Rome by Pope Urban VIII.

From The Pastoral Rule of Pope Saint Gregory the Great  (P.1, c. 10: PL 77, 23A) Portrait of a good pastor

"It is important that a man who is set up as a model of how to live should be one who is dead to all the passions of the flesh and lives by the spirit; turns his back on what the world has to offer, is unafraid of hardship, and is attracted only by the interior life. He does not let his body shirk its duty out of frailty; he does not become depressed when abused, for he realizes that things of this kind further his true ends. He does not readily covet what is not his but with what he does possess he is generous. His loving nature is quick to forgive, though he never allows himself to be misled into condoning more than he should. While he does no wrong himself, he grieves over the misdeeds of others as if they were his own. His compassion for others when they are sick is heartfelt, and he is just as glad when good befalls his neighbor as when his own interests are advanced. His behavior is so exemplary in all respects that he need never fear being made to blush, even for past faults. He so conducts his life that those whose hearts are in need of refreshment can always find it in the guidance he gives. He is so well versed in the art of prayer that he can obtain anything he asks for from the Lord; it is as though he were singled out by a prophetic voice saying to him: While you are still speaking I will say; “See, I am here.”

If someone happened to come and ask one of us to intercede for him with an influential man we did not know and who was annoyed with him, we should at once say: I cannot come and intercede—I do not know what he is like. So if a person is afraid to intercede with a mere man about whom he knows nothing, how can one who is not sure whether or not his conduct makes him worthy to be counted God’s friend, take it upon himself to be the people’s advocate before God? How can he ask pardon for others if he is not sure that his own sins have been forgiven?

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Carmelite Prayer: 
God our Father, you reveal that those who work for peace will be called your children. Through the prayers of Saint Andrew Corsini, who excelled as a peacemaker, help us to work without ceasing for that justice which brings true and lasting peace. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.