Image: Saint Charles of Sezze painting | Antonio Sicurezza.
Saint Charles of Sezze
Saint of the Day for January 18
(October 19, 1613 – January 6, 1670)
Saint Charles of Sezze’s Story
Charles thought that God was calling him to be a missionary in India, but he never got there. God had something better for this 17th-century successor to Brother Juniper.
Born in Sezze, southeast of Rome, Charles was inspired by the lives of Salvator Horta and Paschal Baylon to become a Franciscan; he did that in 1635. Charles tells us in his autobiography, “Our Lord put in my heart a determination to become a lay brother...