Dienstag, 11. Mai 2010
My patron-saint: Johannes Capistranus
Johannes, or Giovanni da Capestrano is my patron-saint. Living in the 15th century, he first studied law and became a judge before he got entangled in local wars in Italy which led him to a life of the spirit taking lessons in asceticism from Bernhard of Siena. He is called the 'soldier saint' and here you can see him standing on dead Turkish enemies upholding the banner of faith (that statue of him is on the outside of St. Stephens Cathedral in Vienna). Mehmed II, the 'second' founder of the Ottoman Empire, had conquered the old venerable city of Constantinople in 1453 and had overrun nearly all of Eastern Europe, then. Johannes, after having raised a crusade of a 40000 to counter the threat even- as a 70 year old- led his own battalion into battle and reconquered the city of Belgrade.