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ST JOHN OF ST FACUNDUS – A DISTINGUISHED PEACEMAKER

18 May
ST JOHN OF ST FACUNDUS – A DISTINGUISHED PEACEMAKER

ST JOHN OF ST FACUNDUS, CONFESSOR; FEAST DAY: JUNE 12

John was born of a noble family at Sahagun in Spain. His parents, after having been childless for a long time, obtained him from God by reason of their holy works and by their prayers.

From his youth, he showed signs of his future sanctity. After being ordained a priest, he gave up, of his own accord, the ecclesiastical benefices with which he had been justly enriched, so that he might serve God in greater peace.

When he fell into a very severe illness at Salamanca, he bound himself by vow to a stricter discipline. To fulfil this vow, he withdrew to a monastery of St Augustine, then especially distinguished for a severe way of life.

When he had been admitted there, he surpassed even those who were most advanced in virtue. Sometimes by sermons, and at other times by private conversations and the sanctity of his life, he restored to peace the citizens of Salamanca, who had been harassed by bloody feuds.

He was more than once freed from imminent danger by the power of God. He was frequently able to behold the presence of Christ the Lord while he was celebrating Mass, to observe the secrets of the heart, and to foretell the future. At length, after having foretold the day of his death, he departed this life in a most holy manner, famous for many miracles before and after his death. When they were duly approved, Alexander VIII numbered him among the saints.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Roman Breviary, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

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