Paths of glory
He served in combat and was even a prisoner of war.
He was subsequently appointed to positions of authority and seemed destined for great things.
Then, he chose to be a priest, to care for the sick and for orphans, giving away everything he had: forsaking earthly glory and comfort for the glory of God.
While caring for plague victims, St. Jerome Emiliani died of plague himself on this very day in 1537.
(adapted from an earlier post)