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April 2 is the memorial of Saint Francis of Paola. He was born in Calabria region of southern Italy on 1416. He found a religious order known as  the Hermits of St. Francis .The name was later changed to Order of Minims. Francis of Paola’s order is similar to the Orders of St Francis of Assisi except is that the Minims  practiced a perpetual Lent. Lent was strict in the Middle Ages. Pasta con sarde is a food dish that is associated with these friars. One might notice the holy card of this saint featured on this blog. Here is the Collect:

O God, exaltation of the lowly, who raised Saint Francis of Paola to the glory of your Saints, grant, we pray, that by his merits and example we may happily attain the rewards promised to the humble. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever

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