He wanted to reunite Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians, and became a Capuchin friar as a step toward that desire. But Leopold Mandić’s health issues and mild personality led him down a different path: 48 years of hearing confessions (and giving lenient penances). Among those he counseled was a young seminarian who became Pope John Paul II.
Saint Leopold, help me to embrace God’s plan,
especially when it seems smaller
than my dreams and ambitions.
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