Saints who heard a calling later in life
“Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not; See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” -Isaiah 43:18-19
It wasn't until Joannicus was in his mid-thirties that he met a monk who encouraged him to examine his way of life. After much conversation, prayer, and penances, Joannicus spent the next six years as an upright and exemplary soldier. At the age of forty, Joannicus dedicated his life to Christ and left for a monastery on Mount Olympus where he made deep friendships with monks which led him to pursue solitary prayer as a monk. He died in 846.
After the military, St. Marin of Tours declared his vocation and lived as a hermit on the island of Gallinaria where he ate a poisonous plant and prayed for healing. He was miraculously cured. He later became the third Bishop of Tour in 371 AD.
There is a legend St. Martin of Tours split his cloak in two and gave half to a beggar outside the gates of Amiens. Later that night, he dreamt that Jesus was wearing the half of the cloak he gave the beggar. In another version of this story, Martin awoke to find his cloak had been restored into one piece.
His feast day is November 11 and he is the patron saint against poverty, against alcoholism, and of beggars.
Pope Benedict XVI said, "Abraham was blessed because in faith he was able to discern the divine blessing, going beyond appearances and trusting in God's presence even when God's paths seemed mysterious to him."
Shortly after Gunther took charge of Göllingen, he fell extremely ill. Gotthard kindly but firmly asked Gunther to step down from his position. When Gunther agreed, he decided to become a simple monk at another monastery until his death in 1045.
Colman began preaching in Limerick and founded a church and monastery at Cloyne and in County Kerry. He died in 606.
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