St Prosper of Reggio

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This fifth century bishop of Reggio in Italy, is not commemorated in the city's large cathedral, but in a small church tucked behind it.

He served Reggio for more than 20 years and was much loved for his kindness and modesty. He cared so little about his own glory that he specially asked to be buried in the small church outside the city walls, rather than the cathedral.

When a rich young man asked Jesus: "What have I to do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus told him: "Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come and follow me."

Prosper took this command so seriously he gave away all his possessions.

He died on this day in 466.

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