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ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI, CONFESSOR

ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI, CONFESSOR

ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI, CONFESSOR – MEMORIAL: OCTOBER 4

Francis was born at Assisi in Umbria. Following the example of his father, at a young age, he became a merchant. But, he was stricken with a serious illness and, when he had recovered, began to devote himself to works of charity. When his father looked upon this as undignified, Francis renounced all his possessions that he might henceforth have greater reason to say: “Our Father, who art in heaven.”

“OUR FATHER, WHO ART IN HEAVEN”

When, however, he had heard the admonition from the Gospel regarding apostolic poverty, divesting himself of his shoes and retaining only one tunic, he gathered together twelve companions and founded the Order of Friars Minor.

After Pope Innocent III, divinely admonished, confirmed this order, it was spread marvellously through the work of Francis. Afterwards, he retired into the solitude of Mount Alverno and there, on the day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, from a Seraph displaying between his wings the figure of the Crucified, he received the sacred stigmata, the marks of the nails and spear appearing in his hands, feet and side.

HE RECEIVED THE SACRED STIGMATA 

Two years later, becoming gravely ill, in the church of St Mary of the Angels where he had received the spirit of grace from God, after exhorting his brethren to poverty, patience and preservation of the faith of the Church, he most devoutly breathed forth his soul on the fourth of the Nones of October [1226].

PRAYER:

O God, who by the good works of blessed Francis enriched your Church by establishing a new religious family, grant us to imitate him by emulation of him, by looking upon the things of earth as naught, and ever to rejoice in sharing your heavenly gifts. Through our Lord…

 

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ABOUT ST JOHN JONES, COURAGEOUS WELSH PRIEST AND MARTYR

12th JULY: ST JOHN JONES, COURAGEOUS WELSH PRIEST AND MARTYR

“St John Jones, also known as John Buckley, John Griffith or Godfrey Maurice – was a Welsh Franciscan priest and martyr.

He was born in Clynnog Fawr in Caernarfonshire (Gwynedd) into a courageous Catholic family who remained faithful to the Church even at the height of the Protestant Reformation.

When John was a boy he entered a strict Observant Franciscan friary at Greenwich. When it was dissolved in 1559 [by the Protestant forces] he moved to Pontoise, where he professed his vows. He later travelled to Rome and stayed at the Aracoeli friary. While in Rome John joined the Roman province of the Reformati, a yet stricter branch of the Friars Minor.

In 1591 he asked to join the English Mission. Despite the evident risk to his life, his superiors agreed and he received a blessing and commendation from Pope Clement VIII.

John arrived in London towards the end of 1592 and laboured in different parts of the country. His brother Franciscans elected him their minister provincial.

In 1596 a spy told the priest-catcher Richard Topcliffe that John had visited two Catholics and celebrated Mass in their home. Although it was later revealed that the two Catholics were in prison at the time the Mass was alleged to have been celebrated, John was arrested, scourged and tortured.

He was then imprisoned for two years.

On July 3 1598, John was tried on the charge of ‘going over the seas in the first year of Her Majesty’s reign [1558] and there being made a priest by the authority from Rome and then returning to England contrary to statute’. He was convicted of high treason and sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered.

His execution was delayed by an hour because his executioner forgot to bring the rope. He used the spare time to preach to the crowd and answer their questions.

He was executed on what is now the Old Kent Road in south-east London. His dismembered body parts were fixed on top of poles on roads leading to Newington and Lambeth.

He was beatified in 1929 by Pope Pius XI and canonised on October 25 1970 by Pope Paul VI.”
– This article was published in “The Catholic Herald” issue July 4 2014. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).

 

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