When Blessed James Oldo was young, his father passed away, leaving him a legacy that allowed him to grow up a rich and self-indulgent youth. The death of a friend brought his mortality to James’ attention, maturing him slightly. Then one day, a traveling reproduction of the Holy Sepulcher came to his home town of Lodi, Italy. As a joke, James laid down on it and began comparing his height to Christ’s. While laying there, he had an almost instantaneous conversion to experience. He became a Franciscan tertiary. His mother and wife were against his conversion until his mother had a vision of being before the judgement seat of God. Both woman then became Franciscan tertiary and converted their mansion into a center of prayer. They spent their later years taking care of the sick and the prisoners from the Civil War that devastated Lodi. Upon his wife’s death, James became a priest in 1397. His acts of penance were so severe that the bishop had to order him to eat at least three times a week. He moved many to enter into religious life and was had the gift of prophecy; he predicted wars and his own death.
Pray for us that we will find the straight path to heaven and remain loyal to Jesus Christ’s teachings throughout our life. Amen