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St. Bernadine of Siena

San_Bernardino_(El_Greco)St. Bernadine was apparently short of stature, so I thought he might appreciate this portrait by El Greco, who never painted anyone short in stature!

St. Bernadine traveled Europe preaching street retreats and refused three bishoprics to continue his itinerant mission. 

He developed the well-known "IHS" (the first three letters of "Jesus" in Greek) insignia, promoted popular devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus, baptized many converts and despite a fiery preaching style worked for peace and compromise between warring factions.