Today the Church celebrates the life of St. Andrew Corsini, Bishop and Confessor.
Andrew Corsini was born in the fourteenth century in Florence, Italy. He fell into bad company; but soon, touched by the grief of his mother, the young nobleman entered the Carmelite Order in 1318. For forty years he spent himself in doing penance and in preaching. He was then chosen Bishop of Fiesole (a small town near Florence).
He continually helped the poor, doing so in secret in the case of those who were ashamed to make known their distress. By showing his people the true nature of Christian peace, Bishop Andrew put an end to a number of troublesome disturbances in the city. He died on the feast of the Epiphany, 1373.
As Bishop he redoubled his penances and prayers, nor sought any respite from his energetic labours as a pastor of souls, being in particular remarkable for his charity to the poor. He died January 6, A.D. 1373, and was canonised A.D. 1629. Clement XII of the Corsini family built a magnificent chapel dedicated to him in Saint John Lateran’s in Rome.
Each year for this occasion, a high-ranking member of the Roman Curia celebrates Mass in the chapel of the Lateran Archbasilica dedicated to St. Andrew.
O God, You continually provide Your Church with new examples of virtue. May Your people follow in the footsteps of the blessed Confessor Bishop Andrew and obtain the same reward he now enjoys. Through Our Lord . . .
Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal