Saint for the Day - October 19 - St. Peter of
Peter, while still a
youth, left his home at Alcantara in Spain, and
entered a convent of Discalced Franciscans. He rose
quickly to high posts in the Order, but his thirst
for penance was still unappeased, and in 1539, being
then forty years old, he founded the first convent
of the "Strict Observance." The cells of the friars
resembled graves rather than dwelling-places. That
of St. Peter himself was four feet and a half in
length, so that he could never lie down; he ate but
once in three days; his sack-cloth habit and a cloak
were his only garments, and he never covered his
head or feet. In the bitter winter he would open the
door and window of his cell that, by closing them
again, he might experience some sensation of warmth.
Amongst those whom he trained to perfection was St.
Teresa. He read her soul, approved of her spirit of
prayer, and strengthened her to carry out her
reforms. St. Peter died, with great joy, kneeling in
prayer, October 18, 1562, at the age of sixty-three.
Saint for the Day - St. Peter of Alcantara
Read about the Saint for today - October 19 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
If men do not go about barefoot
now, nor undergo sharp penances,
as St. Peter did, there are many
ways of trampling on the world;
and Our Lord teaches them when
He finds the necessary courage.
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