St. Joseph of Cupertino

Saint Joseph of Cupertino (17 June 1603 – 18 September 1663), is known for his extraordinary mystical experiences and profound devotion to his Christian faith. He is often referred to as the “Flying Saint” due to numerous accounts of levitation during his moments of deep prayer and spiritual ecstasy. Joseph’s early life was marked by difficulty in education, but he persevered and joined the Conventual Franciscans as a lay brother. Despite his intellectual challenges, Joseph exhibited profound wisdom and spiritual insight, earning him the admiration of theologians and even Pope Urban VIII. He is venerated as the patron saint of students and those facing exams, as his own struggles with learning resonate with many. Saint Joseph of Cupertino’s feast day is celebrated on September 18th, and he is remembered for his humility, holiness, and the extraordinary mystical experiences that demonstrated his deep union with God.


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