St. Nicholas of Tolentino


September 10

Nicholas, called “of Tolentino” because he lived for a long time in that city, was born in the town of Sant’ Angelo in Ancona of devout parents who obtained him from God by prayer and the intercession of St. Nicholas. The boy gave evidence of many virtues, especially of abstinence. He was enrolled in the ranks of the clergy and was made a canon.

One day he heard a preacher of the Order of Hermits of St. Augustine preaching on the contempt of the world and, fired by this sermon, he at once entered the same Order. Here he carried out the rule of the religious life so strictly that by fasting, rough clothing, scourging and chains he conquered his body and was outstanding in all other virtues. He never slackened in his constant zeal for prayer, even though he was tormented in various ways by the wiles of the devil, who sometimes even dealt him blows. Each night for six months before his death, he heard angelic melodies; and at length, having foretold the day of his death, he fell asleep in the Lord. He was famous for miracles both before and after his death, and was enrolled among the Saints by Eugene IV.

Taken from The Hours of the Divine Office in English and Latin, Vol. III: August to Advent (Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 1963), pp. 1508-1509.

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