Ashamed to be a lawyer
So Mark left the practice of law behind and focused on the practice of the faith.
He gave away his money and became a Capuchin, taking the name Brother Fidelis.
He would be a powerful advocate for the faith and was soon famous for his preaching.
He was sent to preach missions in places where nearly all the people had left the Church to follow a different direction.
He would be very successful – too successful.
One day he was preaching in a church when a mob stormed in, killing several guards and striking Fidelis.
A friendly man in the crowd offered to take Fidelis to safety. Fidelis thanked him but said he was in God's hands.
When he walked outside the church, the mob's leaders gave Fidelis one last chance to give up the faith.
Fidelis refused and was beaten to death right then and there - 386 years ago today in Seewis, Switzerland.
The memory of St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen is celebrated on this day.
(from an earlier post)