Miracle the First: Deformity cured through precocious prayer.
The infant Ambrogio was so monstrously ugly that his mother handed him off to a nurse and declined to show much interest in him. Further, he was so colicky that he never seemed to stop howling, except when the nurse took him to church. There, especially at the altar with the saints' relics, he would be content. Of course he still caused distress to others just by being that ugly.
The nurse took him to church often, just so he would be quiet. To keep other parishioners from being distracted, she draped a scarf over his misshapen little face. One day as she did this, an unknown pilgrim walked up and told her not to cover him up because he would one day be the glory of Siena. She took his word for it, and a couple days later the homely little tyke stretched out his twisted little arm and croaked, "Jesus." Sure enough, his bones and joints straightened and all the uglies fell off him like water from a loon.
Miracle the Second: Precocious piety
|Watch the birdie.|
He studied in Paris and Cologne, a classmate of Thomas Aquinas and Pope Blessed Innocent V. He had aspired to be a writer until he read what Thomas Aquinas was writing; then he gave up and decided to be a preacher instead. He evangelized throughout Europe and conducted diplomatic missions for popes and kings. In short, he was kind of a big deal.
Miracle the Third: Revelations of God's Favor
|That's him on the left. Note the bird flitting past.|
By the way, last year on 10/8 we celebrated Saint Pelagia the Penitent, linked on her name. The post may not be brilliant, but her story is fascinating. I've added her picture to the original post.