Saturday, January 08, 2011
Feast Day: January 9th
Andrew was born in Florence on November 30, 1302, a member of the powerful Corsini family. Andrew was influenced strongly by his mother and entered the Carmelite Order. He studied in Paris and Avignon, France, returning to his birthplace, where he became known as the Apostle of Florence. He was elected Provincial of Tuscany at the General Chapter of Metz in 1348 and was made bishop of Fiesole in 1349, an office which he held for twelve years. He was sent by Pope Urban V to Bologna to settle disputes between the nobles and commoners, a mission he performed well, giving the church a wonderful example of love, apostolic zeal, prudence and love of the poor. Andrew died in FIesole on January 6, 1374 at the age of 71. So many miracles took place at his death that Pope Eugenius IV permitted the immediate opening of his cause, but it was in 1629 that he was canonized by Pope Urban VIII.
"God, our Father, you reveal that those who work for peace will be called your children. Through the prayers of St. 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 Christ our Lord.