B. JOHN MARINONI, C.
HE was the third and youngest son of a noble
family, originally of Bergamo, but was born at Venice, in 1490. From
his infancy it was his chiefest delight to be on his knees at the
foot of the altar, and to hear as many masses every day as his
employments permitted him. He usually studied before a crucifix, and
sanctified his studies by most frequent fervent acts of divine love.
To beg of God the grace never to sully his baptismal innocence, he
spent forty days in prayer and a rigorous fast in honor of the
immaculate conception of the mother of God. Having embraced an
ecclesiastical state, he served among the clergy of St. Pantaleon’s
church: and when he was ordained priest, became chaplain and
afterwards superior of the hospital of incurables, in which
charitable employ he was a comforting angel to all who were under his
care. He was called hence to be admitted canon in the celebrated
church of St. Mark, where his life was the edification of his
colleagues and of the whole city. Out of a desire of serving God in a
more perfect disengagement from earthly things, he demanded the habit
of the regular clerks called Theatins, and made his profession in
1530, on the 29th of May, being then forty years of age, under the
eyes of their founders, St. Cajetan, and Caraffa, ancient bishop of
Chieti or Theate, who had instituted this order six years before. St.
Cajetan being called from Venice to found the convent of St. Paul at
Naples, took with him our saint. In that great city, Marinoni never
ceased to preach the word of God with admirable simplicity and zeal;
and being chosen several times superior, settled and maintained in it
the perfect spirit of his order.
Both by his prayers and sacrifices, in which his
eyes were often bathed with tears, and by his exhortations in the
pulpit and confessional, he was an instrument of salvation to many
just and sinners. He died of a violent cold and fever at Naples, on
the 13th of December, 1562. He was beatified by a bull of Clement
XIII. in 1762, who, in 1764, granted to his order an office in his
honor to be celebrated on the 13th of December. See St. Andrew
Avellino’s letter on his heroic virtues, written in 1600; his
short life written by Castaldi, sixty years after his death, printed
at Vicenza in 1627: also the annals of the order, by Tuffo, bishop of
Acerra; those by Silos, t. 1; the life of this saint by F. Bonaglia,
printed at Rome in 1762; that by F. Blanchi, at Venice, in quarto;
and that compiled in French by F. Tracy, Theatin at Paris, yet in MS.