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: forty-eight years of hearing confessions and giving lenient penances. Among those he counseled was a young seminarian who became Pope Saint John Paul I.
St. Leopold, help me to embrace God’s plan,
especially when it seems smaller than my dreams and ambitions.
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