Saint for the Day - May 16 - St. John Nepomucen
St. John was born, in
answer to prayer, 1330, of poor parents, at Nepomuc
in Bohemia. In gratitude they consecrated him to
God; and his holy life as a priest led to his
appointment as chaplain to the court of the Emperor
Wenceslas, where he converted numbers by his
preaching and example. Amongst those who sought his
advice was the empress, who suffered much from her
husband's unfounded jealousy. St. John taught her to
bear her cross with joy; but her piety only incensed
the emperor, and he tried to extort her confessions
from the Saint. He threw St. John into a dungeon,
but gained nothing; then, inviting him to his
palace, he promised him riches if he would yield,
and threatened death if he refused.
The Saint was silent. He was racked and burnt with
torches; but no words, save Jesus and Mary, fell
from his lips. At last set free, he spent his time
in preaching, and preparing for the death he knew to
be at hand. On Ascension Eve, May 16, Wenceslas,
after a final and fruitless attempt to move his
constancy, ordered him to be cast into the river,
and that night the martyr's hands and feet were
bound, and he was thrown from the bridge of Prague.
As he died, a heavenly light shining on the water
discovered the body, which was buried with the
honors due to a Saint. A few years later, Wenceslas
was deposed by his own subjects, and died an
impenitent and miserable death. In 1618 the
Calvinist and Hussite soldiers of the Protestant
Elector Frederick tried repeatedly to demolish the
shrine of St. John at Prague. Each attempt was
miraculously frustrated; and once the persons
engaged in the sacrilege, among whom was an
Englishman, were killed on the spot.
In 1620 the imperial troops recovered the town by a
victory which was ascribed to the Saint's
intercession, as he was seen on the eve of the
battle, radiant with glory, guarding the cathedral.
When his shrine was opened, three hundred and thirty
years after his decease, the flesh had disappeared,
and one member alone remained incorrupt, the tongue;
thus still, in silence, giving glory to God.
Saint for the Day - St. John Nepomucen
Read about the Saint for today - May 16 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
St. John, who by his invincible
sacramental silence won his
crown, teaches us to prefer
torture and death to offending
the Creator with our tongue. How
many times each day do we
forfeit grace and strength by
sins of speech!
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