St. Andrew Corsini February 4

Born at Florence, St. Andrew was consecrated to the Blessed Virgin from his birth. In his youth this saint led a rather dissolute life but through the prayers of his mother and the grace of God he saw the folly of his ways and became a Carmelite.

Grant then that we, gracious God,

May follow in the steps he trod;

And freed from ev’ry stain of sin,

As he hath won, may also win.

— Lauds: Hymn

The Imitation of Christ
So that when we have read and searched all, let this be the final conclusion, that “through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”
Like so many of the saints, St. Andrew owes his sanctity after God to his mother, who prayed for him without ceasing till he was converted from his careless life.
One of the easiest things in the world to do is to say pretty things about mother or to wear a carnation on her day or to bring her a gift bought with her money from time to time. Today, resolve to live so that your very life may be a gift of thanks to your mother.
It is easier to say than to do.