6th January 1694

Anniversary of the Baptism of St. Paul of the Cross in Ovada, Italy.

images“His pious parents made it their rule that their children, as soon as born, should be washed in the waters of Holy Baptism, that they might speedily be born again to grace and might acquire a right to their heavenly inheritance. The baptism of Paul, however, by some accident, was deferred for some days, for he first saw the light on the 3rd of January, 1694, and was not baptized until the 6th of the same month. The infant received in baptism the names of Paul Francis, perhaps by a special dispensation of Providence, this infant being destined, when grown to full stature before God and man, to preach Jesus Christ crucified, like the Apostle St. Paul, and to awaken in the hearts of men the remembrance of the life-giving Redeemer, to which function, like the seraphic patriarch St. Francis, he was likewise marvelously chosen.”

from the Life of St. Paul of the Cross by St. Vincent Strambi

“The baptismal register shows that he was baptized on January 6, 1694, as Paul Francis. His godfather was John Andrew Dannia, a great-uncle on his father’s s side; his godmother, Maria Catherine Massari, who was his maternal grandmother.”

from St. Paul of the Cross by Fr. Charles Almeras



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