Saint for the Day - April 5 - St. Vincent Ferrer
The wonderful apostle,
the "Angel of the Judgment," was born at Valencia in
Spain, in 1350, and at the age of eighteen professed
in the Order of St. Dominic. After a brilliant
course of study he became master of sacred theology.
For three years he read only the Scriptures, and
knew the whole Bible by heart. He converted the Jews
of Valencia, and their synagogue became a church.
Grief at the great schism then afflicting the Church
reduced him to the point of death; but Our Lord
Himself in glory bade him go forth to convert
sinners, "for My judgment is nigh." This miraculous
apostolate lasted twenty-one years.
He preached throughout Europe, in the towns and
villages of Spain, Switzerland, France, Italy,
England, Ireland, Scotland. Everywhere tens of
thousands of sinners were reformed; Jews, infidels,
and heretics were converted. Stupendous miracles
enforced his words. Twice each day the " miracle
bell " summoned the sick, the blind, the lame to be
cured. Sinners the most obdurate became Saints;
speaking only his native Spanish, he was understood
in all tongues. Processions of ten thousand
penitents followed him in perfect order. Convents,
orphanages, hospitals, arose in his path.
Amidst all, his humility remained profound, his
prayer constant. He always prepared for preaching by
prayer. Once, however, when a person of high rank
was to be present at his sermon he neglected prayer
for study. The nobleman was not particularly struck
by the discourse which had been thus carefully
worked up; but coming again to hear the Saint,
unknown to the latter, the second sermon made a deep
impression on his soul. When St. Vincent heard of
the difference, he remarked that in the first sermon
it was Vincent who had preached, but in the second,
Jesus Christ. He fell ill at Vannes in Brittany, and
received the crown of everlasting glory in 1419.
Saint for the Day - St. Vincent Ferrer
Read about the Saint for today - April 5 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
"Whatever you do," said St.
Vincent, "think not of yourself,
but of God." In this spirit he
preached, and God spoke by him;
in this spirit, if we listen, we
shall hear the voice of God.
Saint for the Day Website
We hope that you gain spiritual knowledge and inspiration reading about the saint for today - April 5. An online Catholic resource providing a short Reflection for the year ahead. Use these short, inspiring words to request guidance or assistance for yourself and for the sake of others.