Today, Wednesday March 8, the Catholic Church honors Saint John of God.
He was a founding nurse of the hospital order that bears his name. He was born in Portugal in 1495, but at an early age his family moved to Toledo.
He served the troops of Carlos I under the order of the infantry captain Juan Ferruz fighting against the French. However, he would be expelled from the infantry for negligence in the regiment's accounts. He was sentenced to hang, but he finally got rid of this sentence.
Years later he would return to a military career serving Carlos I in Vienna. After closing this active stage he became a homeless man on the streets. A sermon by San Juan de Ávila led him to redirect his life. He served as a nurse in a hospital to cure the sick and beggars.
As his Christian faith increases, he goes to Granada where he rents a house to care for sick people, becoming his first hospital.
The Catholic saints are the group of people recognized by the Church as saints or blessed on a specific date. The Roman Martyrology is the document that names and distributes in the calendar the almost 7,000 saints and blessed recognized by the Church.
The saints and saints are prominent men and women in the various religious traditions for their special relationships with the divinities or for a particular ethical elevation. While the consideration of blessed constitutes the third step on the path to canonization.
Today's saints day, March 8, also celebrates the following saint's days:
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