Preaching in power
He was so well respected that he was invited to speak at churches and great events even before he was ordained a priest. He also was sent to speak to Protestants and Jews, where his his powerful gifts converted many.
Not just a “talker,” he was a capable administrator and would serve in the highest offices of his Capuchin order. He was also skilled in diplomacy and geopolitics. Perhaps the most cinematic moment of his career was when he personally led an army against a host of invaders, riding in his Capuchin habit on horseback and armed with only a crucifix.
He was also a deep contemplative, falling regularly into ecstasy during the celebration of Mass.
When he was old and sick, he was begged to leave his monastery in his native Italy for an important diplomatic mission. He performed the mission, but was too sick to return. St. Lawrence of Brindisi died in Lisbon July 22, 1619.