St. Bernard of Corleone, Monk
St. Bernard, the son of a shoemaker, was born in Corleone, Sicily, in
1605, and given the name of Filippo. The house where he was born was
already known by the local inhabitants as "the house of the Saints."
Bernard liked weaponry, so much so that it was almost his undoing when
he cut of a man's arm with a sword after being provoked. He fled
justice but in atonement for his crime he went to the Capuchin convent
where he was taken in. He took the name of Bernard as Friar, completely
reforming his life, dedicating himself to charitable works and
mortification. He died in 1667 and was canonized in 2001. The
traditional image above is typical of his depiction in art; his nam,
which is German, means "courage of the bear".