Saint Paul of the Cross
St. Paul of the Cross was born Paul Francis Danei, on the 3rd of January, 1694, the second of sixteen children. One of his brothers, John Baptist would be very instrumental in the work Our Lord had chosen for St. Paul. More
St. Paul of the Cross was born Paul Francis Danei, on the 3rd of January, 1694, the second of sixteen children. One of his brothers, John Baptist would be very instrumental in the work Our Lord had chosen for St. Paul. His parents, although of nobility, were neither affluent nor privileged. Even though the town hall at Castellazzo had once been the family palace, St. Paul's father, a cloth merchant, was always in serious debt. Because of the financial situation, St. Paul had to discontinue his education at a boarding school. At one point, things became so dire, St. Paul pawned all his belongings, to help his father avoid disgrace. This was a great sacrifice for someone in Paul's position, but it prepared him for giving up far greater things in the future, and for receiving great gifts in return.
St. Paul was brilliant. Although deprived of a formal education, he studied on his own and completed his education through hard work and dedication. Industriously studying, he developed a profound knowledge of the New Testament, a command of the Italian language and a proficiency in Latin. Never compromising his love for the Faith, St. Paul attended daily Mass, received the Sacraments frequently and spent as much time as he could before the Blessed Sacrament.