St. Joseph of Cupertino was born in Naples, in 1603. His mother considered him a nuisance and treated him harshly. Joseph struggled in school and was absent-minded. He would wander around, going nowhere, with his mouth gaping open. He also had a bad temper and was very unpopular. Joseph tried to learn the trade of shoemaking but failed. He asked to become a Franciscan but was denied. Joseph joined the Capuchins but was dismissed eight months later because he could not seem to do anything right. He dropped piles of dishes and kept forgetting to do what he was told. His mother was not at all pleased to have the eighteen-year-old Joseph back home again, so she finally got him accepted as a servant at the monastery of Conventual Franciscans. He was given the monks habit and put to hard work taking care of horses.
Joseph was eventually ordained to the priesthood, gave himself up entirely to a life of humiliation, mortification, and obedience. People flocked to him in droves seeking help and advice. Over seventy times, people saw him rise from the ground while saying Mass or praying. He died on September 18, 1663. Pope Clement XIII canonized him in 1767. He is the patron saint of air travelers and pilots. (Source: “The Catholic Encyclopedia”)
St. Joseph of Cupertino, pray for us!