Saint for the Day - June 16 - St. John Francis
St. John Francis Regis
was born in Languedoc, in 1597. From his tenderest
years he showed evidences of uncommon sanctity by
his innocence of life, modesty, and love of prayer.
At the age of eighteen he entered the Society of
Jesus. As soon as his studies were over, he gave
himself entirely to the salvation of souls. The
winter he spent in country missions, principally in
mountainous districts; and in spite of the rigor of
the weather and the ignorance and roughness of the
inhabitants, he labored with such success that he
gained innumerable souls to God both from heresy and
from a bad life. The summer he gave to the towns.
There his time was taken up in visiting hospitals
and prisons, in preaching and instructing, and in
assisting all who in any way stood in need of his
services. In his works of mercy God often helped him
by miracles. In November, 1637, the Saint set out
for his second mission at Marthes. His road lay
across valleys filled with snow and over mountains
frozen and precipitous. In climbing one of the
highest, a bush to which he was clinging gave way,
and he broke his leg in the fall. By the help of his
companion he accomplished the remaining six miles,
and then, instead of seeing a surgeon, insisted on
being taken straight to the confessional.
There, after several hours, the curate of the parish
found him still seated, and when his leg was
examined the fracture was found to be miraculously
healed. He was so inflamed with the love of God that
he seemed to breathe, think, speak of that alone,
and he offered up the Holy Sacrifice with such
attention and fervor that those who assisted at it
could not but feel something of the fire with which
he burned. After twelve years of unceasing labor, he
rendered his pure and innocent soul to his Creator,
at the age of forty-four.
Saint for the Day - St. John Francis Regis
Read about the Saint for today - June 16 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
When St. John Francis was struck
in the face by a sinner whom he
was reproving, he replied, "If
you only knew me, you would give
me much more than that" His
meekness converted the man, and
it is in this spirit that he
teaches us to win souls to God.
How much might we do if we could
forget our own wants in
remembering those of others, and
put our trust in God!
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