Category Archives: Franciscan saints & blesseds

Saint Didacus (Diego) of Alcalá

St Didacus Alcala.jpgHe humbled himself in all things and found favor with God. Great is the power of God; he is glorified by the humble.

Almighty, eternal God, in Your marvelous ordering of things You single out the weak of this world to shame the strong. Grant that by imitating the humility of Saint Didacus here on earth we may be raised up to eternal glory with him in heaven.
The liturgical memorial for Saint Didacus seems to have been moved around through the years for one reason or another. The Roman Martyrology indeed lists him on November 12. However, since I am following the Franciscan supplement to the Roman Missal, today his feast is observed on this blog in communion with the Capuchins.
Saint Didacus is the San Diego, for whom the city in California is named.

Blessed Angelo of Acri

Bl Angelo of Acri.jpgSeek the Lord, and you will be blessed.

Loving Father, we give You thanks for Your servant Blessed Angelo of Acri. You made him a gift preacher and graced him with the ability to bring sinners back to You. Inspired by his example, and helped by his intercession, may Your power work in and through us and bring You glory.

On the life of Blessed Angelo

Blessed Bonaventure of Potenza

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Lord, Your strength gives joy to the just. They greatly delight in Your saving help. You have granted them their heart’s desire.

Almighty God, You have made blessed Bonaventure Illustrious in the virtue of obedience and in love for neighbor. Through his prayers and example grant us to comply with Your precepts, to rejoice in spirit, and to advance on the way of perfection.

Blessed Bonaventure’s bio

Saint John of Capistrano

St John Capistrano.jpgThey sang, O Lord, Your holy name and praised in unison Your conquering hand.

God, our Father, You raised up in Saint John to strengthen the faithful in a time of stress. Establish us in Your safe protection and keep Your Church in lasting peace.
Poor Saint John gets associated with the migration of the swallows. How unfortunate to have your life and life’s project get linked with the fowl. There is always a back story. He studied law, a civil servant, was married but the marriage was annulled with the wife’s permission because as it was never consummated, a priest, a very effective preacher, healer and reformer and ecclesial servant. A disciple of Saint Bernardine of Siena and therefore had a devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus and promoted it. See the Wiki article on Saint John and Catholic encyclopedia article on him is here. A Franciscan hagiographical piece on the saint is noted here. Reading all this I’d say the birds didn’t reveal the saint’s importance.

Saint Peter of Alcantara

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May I never boast of anything but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ! Through it the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.
Almighty God, You were pleased to distinguish Saint Peter with the gift of remarkable penance and lofty contemplation. May his merits help us to mortify our bodies so that we may deserve to share in the gifts of heaven.

He did what we are encouraged to do today: preach on the Prophets and Wisdom books of the Bible. The Catholic encyclopedia’s entry on Saint Peter may be found here and the Wiki article may be read here.

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Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]
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