|"Meh," said the beatus.|
In time he was offered promotions within the Order. As might be consistent with his humility, he declined them. He continued to receive offers -- he continued to decline them. At length he was prevailed upon to become the Novice Master, and in that role, he sought to impress the virtue of humility on all his charges.
When a plague broke out, he tended the sick and comforted the dying without fear of getting ill himself. Unlike so many other European saints, his confidence was rewarded. His continuing health allowed him to continue serving the ill, and following the end of the outbreak, his fellow monks.
It is tough to make much of so humble a friar. In fact, it is surprising that he was beatified. One wonders what drew Pope Pius VI's attention to him in 1775 when he was beatified. He does not even have an epically humble story, like Alfonsus Rodriguez. But it is good to see so ordinary a life exalted. If nothing else, it is a good reminder that God's priorities are not the things that get you a reality TV show of your own.
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