Saint for the Day - April 2 - St. Francis of
At the age of fifteen
Francis left his poor home at Paula in Calabria, to
live as a hermit in a cave by the sea-coast. In time
disciples gathered round him, and with them, in
1436, he founded the "Minims," so called to show
that they were the least of monastic Orders. They
observed a perpetual Lent, and never touched meat,
fish, eggs, or milk. Francis himself made the rock
his bed; his best garment was a hair-shirt, and
boiled herbs his only fare. As his body withered his
faith grew powerful, and he "did all things in Him
Who strengthened him." He cured the sick, raised the
dead, averted plagues, expelled evil spirits, and
brought sinners to penance.
A famous preacher, instigated by a few misguided
monks, set to work to preach against St. Francis and
his miracles. The Saint took no notice of it, and
the preacher, finding that he made no way with his
hearers, determined to see this poor hermit and
confound him in person. The Saint received him
kindly, gave him a seat by the fire, and listened to
a long exposition of his own frauds. He then quietly
took some glowing embers from the fire, and closing
his hands upon them unhurt, said, "Come, Father
Anthony, warm yourself, for you are shivering for
want of a little charity" Father Anthony, falling at
the Saint's feet, asked for pardon, and then, having
received his embrace, quitted him, to become his
panegyrist and attain himself to great perfection.
When the avaricious King Ferdinand of Naples offered
him money for his convent, Francis told him to give
it back to his oppressed subjects, and softened his
heart by causing blood to flow from the ill-gotten
coin. Louis XI. of France, trembling at the approach
of death, sent for the poor hermit to ward off the
foe whose advance neither his fortresses nor his
guards could check. Francis went by the Pope's
command, and prepared the king for a holy death.
The successors of Louis showered favors on the
Saint, his Order spread throughout Europe, and his
name was reverenced through the Catholic world. He
died at the age of ninety-one, on Good Friday, 1507,
with the crucifix in his hand, and the last words of
Jesus on hiss lips, "Into Thy hands, O Lord, I
commend my spirit."
Saint for the Day - St. Francis of Paula
Read about the Saint for today - April 2 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Rely in all difficulties upon
God. That which enabled St.
Francis to work miracles will in
proportion do wonders for
yourself, by giving you strength
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