Blessed Nicholas was born in Bologna, Italy. Nicholas’ family could afford to send him to the university where he began to study law. But then after a few years, he decided not to become a lawyer. At the age of twenty, Nicholas joined the Carthusian order. In 1417, this Carthusian monk was chosen to be bishop of his native diocese. He had not counted on that at all. He could not even believe it could be God’s will. But his superiors assured him it was.
People liked Bishop Nicholas. He lived in a small, plain house. He was like them. He began to visit the people of his diocese. He went to the poorest families first. He talked with them and helped them with their needs. He blessed their homes. The people were very grateful.
Bishop Nicholas became a cardinal in 1426. He was known to be wise and spiritual. Two popes, Martin V and Eugene IV, consulted him about important Church matters. Blessed Nicholas also encouraged learning. In fact, he wrote several books himself.
He died while on a visit to Siena, Italy. Pope Eugene IV had his body brought back to Bologna. The pope himself participated in the funeral Mass and burial.
Blessed Nicholas died in 1443.
Perhaps today we are invited to reflect deeply on how God wants us to live our life. Are we living a God-centered life? If so, we are praising and giving glory to God.
Lord God, you counted Blessed Nicholas Albergati among your holy pastors,
renowned for faith and love which conquered evil in this world.
By the help of his prayers keep us strong in faith and love
and let us come to share his glory. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.