St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen — Martyr April 24

St. Fidelis was at first a lawyer and took so much interest in the poor that he was called “the advocate of the poor.” He became a Capuchin. He had a tender love for the Mother of God. After a sermon delivered at Sevis, he was attacked by Calvinists and stabbed to death.

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. — Third Responsory

The Imitation of Christ
Rare indeed is a faithful friend who will persevere in all the pressing necessities of his friend.
The mayor of a city for a time, this saint became a Capuchin and begged that he might be sent among those who would, in return for his service, give him the palm of martyrdom, for he wished to die for Christ Whom alone he loved. His wish was granted and he was stabbed to death.
Fidelis means faithful, and such this saint was. Have you ever noticed how well nicknames fit the person to whom they are given? What name would fit you best? Be honest with yourself. If your guardian angel who is with you all day were to be unkind enough to name you rightly, what would he call you?
Come, thou good and faithful servant, enter into the joys of thy Lord!