Born in1653, St. Pacific was orphaned when he was quite young and was raised by an uncle. At the age of seventeen, he entered the Franciscan Order and after his ordination he was assigned to minister to the Apennine mountain villages of Italy.
After a successful apostolate of some seven years, he was stricken with an incapacitating illness and resigned himself to thirty years as a semi-invalid. He transformed these years into an intense apostolate of prayer and became famous for his patience, austerity, and gift of prophecy. He died in 1721 and was canonized in 1839 by Pope Gregory XVI.
PRAYER: God, the giver of all gifts, You adorned St. Pacific with the virtue of unusual patience and with love of solitude. Through his intercession, may we walk in his footsteps and obtain a like reward. Amen.