Theophilus was born in Corsica of rich and noble parents. As a young man, he entered the Franciscans and soon showed his love for solitude and prayer. Over the years, he became famous for his preaching as well as his missionary efforts. Theophilus generously served the needs of God’s people in the confessional, in the sickroom, and at the graveside. Worn out by his labors, he died on June 17, 1740. He was canonized in 1930.
Dear God, help us to be just like Saint Theophilus as he gave more and more singlehearted service to you and to your sons and daughters. Their holiness can never substitute for our own. There is a certain dynamism in all the saints that prompts them to find ever more selfless ways of responding to your grace. Amen