Blessed Simon of Cascia

Blessed Simon of Cascia (Cascia, around 1285 - Rome, 1348) is one of the great spiritual leaders of his time, who today is not as well-known as he deserves.

Member of the Order of Hermits of St. Augustine, Simon would have preferred solitary contemplation, but is a zealous apostle out of obedience.

His literary production is remarkable; he writes both in Latin and in the vernacular, a living and clear vernacular comparable to that the best fourteenth century writers.

Follower of the "affective" theology line of the Augustinian school, Simon preaches devotion to the humanity of Christ with passion. It is no coincidence that his main work is De Gestis Domini Salvatoris - the title itself reveals the attention of Christ to human behaviour in order to permit its emulation.

The name of Simon of Cascia is also linked to the Eucharistic Miracle of 1330, which took place in Siena, and which he takes to Cascia. The Miracle is kept, along with the remains of Blessed, in the Sanctuary of Saint Rita, compatriot and sister of the same order as Simon, who lived about a century after him.

Saint Rita is very closely linked to Simon of Cascia, both because of the influence of the Blessed as a spiritual teacher in the territory of Cascia and because he lived for a long time in the Convent of St. Augustine, a place that was certainly very dear to Rita.