St. Joseph of Cupertino

St. Joseph of Cupertino is simply an amazing saint. (Well, they all are.) I’ve never really felt an affinity toward any particular saint until now. The reason I like him so much is that he’s the patron saint of students, and he has helped me massively on some exams I’ve taken recently. I previously posted the prayer of St. Joseph of Cupertino for exams here.

Because his intercession is so effective, I grew interested in him and did some research. Here are some cool facts I found about St. Joseph of Cupertino.

  • Apparently he was the dullest and least-talented of all his classmates.
  • He wanted to be a Franciscan, but he wasn’t accepted into the order because of his dullness.
  • His mom was so sick of having him home that she managed to get him a job taking care of a mule at a Franciscan monastery.
  • He struggled with a bad temper, but overcame that obstacle.
  • He struggled big-time with his studies. He couldn’t really read.
  • He was given an exam to determine whether he could become a deacon. Fortunately, he was asked one of the only questions he knew how to answer, so he became a deacon. He later became a priest.
  • He levitated all the time… while saying Mass, while praying…which is why he is also the patron saint of pilots and flight.
  • He went into spiritual ecstasies all the time.

Notable Quote: “Clearly, what God wants above all is our will which we received as a free gift from God in creation and possess as though our own. When a man trains himself to acts of virtue, it is with the help of grace from God from whom all good things come that he does this. The will is what man has as his unique possession.”