Bl. Lorenzo Maria Salvi (of St. Francis Xavier) was born in Rome on 30 October 1782. He died in Capranica (Viterbo) 12 June 1856. Bl. Lorenzo professed the Passionist Rule on 20 November 1802 and was ordained to the priesthood 29 December 1805. As superior, he was most prudent in leading the community. Following in the footsteps of Our Founder, St. Paul of the Cross, his principle apostolate was that of itinerant missionary. Bl. Lorenzo was also untiring in promoting devotion to the Holy Childhood of Jesus on every occasion by work, example and through his many writings. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on 1 October 1989. He is buried in the Passionist church of Saint Angelo, Vetralla (Viterbo).
Lord, you granted Blessed Lorenzo Maria an intense and penetrating knowledge of the mystery of your Word made flesh through his devout contemplation of the Child Jesus, through his intercession grant that we, too, walking in the ways of spiritual childhood, may come to eternal life in your Son. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, forever and ever.