Felix preached in the street, rebuked corrupt politicians and exhorted young men to stop leading dissolute lives. Felix was a good friend of St. Philip Neri and an acquaintance of Charles Borromeo. Felix developed a reputation as a healer. As he got older, his superior ordered him to wear sandals to protect his health.
Felix was devoted to Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary. On Fridays he would contemplate the Passion and death of Jesus Christ. On Fridays during Lent, he fasted on bread and water. He had a particular veneration for the Blessed Sacrament, spending hours in front of the tabernacle, even after having endured the harsh trials of every day.
A successful lawyer prior to his entrance into religious life, Fidelis spent much of his time as a friar preaching and teaching among the Calvanists, converting many to the Catholic faith. Incensed at his success in converting their brethren, he was martyred by the Calvanists on April 24, 1622.
Bernard had a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and encouraged others in this devotion. His biographers claim that Mary appeared to him and placed Jesus, as an infant, in his arms. It is also claimed that she gave him knowledge of the day of his death four months in advance. He died at Palermo on 12 January 1667.
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