St. John of God was born in Portugal in 1495. After a stormy youth, at the age of 40 he was one day listening to the word of God, when he felt himself so inflamed with divine charity towards his neighbour, that he distributed all he possessed to the poor and consecrated his life to their service. The love of God is one with that of our neighbour, says the Gospel, for men bear in themselves the image of the heavenly Father, whose sons they are, in virtue of their union with God and Jesus by grace. Continue Reading