Saint Nicholas of Tolentino Audio CD
Title: Saint Nicholas of Tolentino
Authors: Bob and Penny Lord
Publisher: Journeys of Faith
Format: Audio CD Disc
Visions of Saint Nicholas of Tolentino
Champion of the Souls in Purgatory
Nicholas was the pride of the Augustinian Community which flourished in the northeastern section of Italy known as the Marches. He was born in the year 1245, not too far from Tolentino where he spent most of his life as a religious. His elderly parents had not been able to bear a child. Late in life, they made a pilgrimage to Bari,
petitioning Saint Nicholas of Bari to intercede with the Lord that they might bring a child into the world, never suspecting the impact that child would have on the history of the Church. Saint Nicholas was born and his parents named him after Saint Nicholas of Bari in thanksgiving. He was the gift of their golden years. They offered him back to the Lord, as his mother committed him to God at his baptism. Parents, having a problem conceiving, often turn to Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, Patron Saint of difficult births because of his miraculous birth.
From an early age, Nicholas longed for the religious life. The lives of the Saints, his mother had read to him filled him with the desire to be holy. The stories about Our Lord Jesus and Mother Mary brought him each day closer and closer to being her son and sharing in her Son’s Way of the Cross.
We share about Tolentino where Saint Nicholas had his ministry. We talk about his church and monastery. His whole life was dedicated to pray for the Souls in Purgatory. The Basilica has continued on with that tradition. Every day Mass is celebrated for the Souls in Purgatory. He had a vision of a friend who was suffering terribly in Purgatory. He asked for Masses to be celebrated to help him get out of Purgatory. He showed Saint Nicholas Purgatory and how the souls were suffering. Saint Nicholas celebrated Mass and saw the friend rising up into Heaven. We'll share about his tomb, at the Shrine to his incorrupt arm, a reliquary attesting to the thousands of cures and healings attributed to him.