Saint of the Day – Blessed Simon Rinalducci OSA (Died 1322) Priest and Friar of the Order of St Augustine, noted for his theological studies, Lector.,Prior of several houses, renowned Preader, thaumaturge. Blessed Simon is a model of humility and obedience, even in the face of obvious injustices. Born in the latter 13th century in Todi, Italy and died on 20 April 1322 at the Monastery of Saint James the Greater n Bologna, Italy of natural causes. Also known as Simon Rinalducci of Todi and Simon of Todi.
Simon Rinalducci was born in Todi (Perugia), Italy, in the second half of the thirteenth century and joined the Augustinian Order about 1280. He devoted himself particularly to the study of theology and was engaged in the ministry of preaching with great success. He was also Prior Provincial of the Province of Umbria, as well as, Prior of several Monasteries. At the General Chapter held at Rimini in 1318, he was the object of serious but unjust charges by some of his fellow religious, due to jealousy. The great historian and recorder of events, Blessed Jordan of Saxony, recalls this episode in his book “Life of the Brethren’:
“There was a man in our Order of great holiness and greatly revered, Brother Simon of Todi. He was a lector and was Prior of many houses, as well as Prior Provincial. At a chapter meeting at which I was present, though he himself was not, some serious accusations were made against him by certain rivals of his, before the Prior General.
The accusations were accepted at face value and as a result he had to suffer many troubles and some very insulting reproaches. Nonetheless, he knew that by your endurance you will save your soul and so, he patiently endured all the heavy charges brought against him, for the sake of Him who suffered insult and terrors for us.
At length he was appointed as preacher in Bologna on account of his very pleasant manner of speaking and there, he provided the people with abundant instruction by his teaching and with very beneficial guidance, by the example of his life. In the course of a public sermon he predicted his death before it occurred and had a happy departure from this life.”
He also was distinguished in the Diocese by many miracles. In May 1311, the Bishop of Terni gave the Augustinians of his See a Church in the Diocese chiefly at the request of and in appreciation for, Simon, whom he held as his very dear friend.
Simon died at Bologna in the Monastery of Saint James the Greater on 20 April 1322 and here his remains are venerated. The memory of Simon is celebrated by the Augustinian Family on 20 April.
Simon was Beatified on 19 March 1833 by Pope Gregory XVI (cultus confirmed).