02 Feb

St Peter Nolasco, Confessor

Peter Nolasco, born of noble parentage at Recaudun near Carcassonne in France was bereaved of his parents as a youth, and detesting the Albigensian heresy, sold his estate and withdrew into Spain, where at prayer one night the Virgin appeared and suggested that it would be very pleasing to her and her Son if a religious order of men for freeing captives from the tyranny of the infidels were instituted.

He sold everything he had and followed Christ

He, accordingly, founded the religious order of Blessed Mary of Mercy of the Redemption of Captives, together with St Raymond of Pennaford and King James I of Aragon, who had been told of the same matter that very night by the Mother of God. Its members were bound by a fourth vow, a pledge to remain in the power of the infidels if it were part of the work of freeing Christians.

Often refreshed with visions of his guardian angel and the Mother of God, he died in a very holy manner at midnight on Christmas Eve in the year 1256, when he had arrived at a good old age.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964


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