The Saint had special love for the Blessed Mother, and it was she who kept him pure. Even when he was a teenager, he would talk to her in prayer, as a child talks with his mother. For the poor, he felt great pity, and once, when his aunt had no extra food to give a beggar, Bernadine cried, "I'd rather go without food myself than leave that poor man with none!"
Bernadine became a Franciscan priest and soon began his life's work of preaching. At first, his voice was so hoarse and weak that he could not be heard well. He prayed to Our Lady to change it, and it became clear and strong. Before every sermon, Bernadine read the Holy Bible and prayed before the crucifix. Then after he preached, he knelt again before the crucifix to pray for himself and for those who had listened to him.
In those days, bad habits were ruining both young and old people. "How can I save these lost people by myself?" The Saint cried to the Lord. "With what weapons can I fight the devil?" And God answered, "My Holy Name will be enough for you." So Bernadine spread devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. He used this Name a great many times in every sermon and had people put it over the gates of the cities, over their doorways-every-where. With this devotion and devotion to the Blessed Mother, this great Saint converted thousands of people all over Italy.
Let us invoke the Holy Name of Jesus very often. We will realize how powerful it is against every danger we may face.