St Joseph of Cupertino


He was said to have been remarkably unclever, but prone to miraculous levitation and intense ecstatic visions that left him gaping. When he was 17, Joseph attempted to join the Friars Minor Conventuals, but his lack of education prevented him from gaining admittance. He was soon after admitted as a Capuchin, but removed from the order shortly thereafter when his constant fits of ecstasy proved him unsuitable. Eventually, in his early twenties, he was admitted into a Franciscan friary near Cupertino. He had a learning disability, and legend has it that he would study intently one small section of the material he was set to learn, because that was all he was able to do, and pray that the material he studied would be what he was tested on. One time when the friar administered a test, he happened to ask the one question Joseph had prepared for.


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