Tuesday, May 11, 2010

St. Ignatius Laconi


Another humble lay-brother saint.
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He was the second of seven children of peasant parents in Sardinia. His path to the Franciscans was unusual. During a serious illness, Ignatius vowed to become a Capuchin if he recovered. He regained his health but ignored the promise. A riding accident prompted him to renew the pledge, which he acted on the second time; he was 20 then. Ignatius’s reputation for self-denial and charity led to his appointment as the official beggar for the friars in Cagliari. He fulfilled that task for 40 years; he was blind the last two years.

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While on his rounds, Ignatius would instruct the children, visit the sick and urge sinners to repent. The people of Cagliari were inspired by his kindness and his faithfulness to his work. He was canonized in 1951May 11 is the feast of St. Ignatius. - Source
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In the Roman Catholic Church, extraordinary phenomenon, visions, locutions, and miracles during the person's life do not count in the canonization process - only heroic virtue.  St. Ignatius could have gone all of his adult life without food or drink, but his holiness would not have consisted in that.

6 comments:

  1. The strength of the Church does not lie in its institutions or cathedrals. Its might lies in the humble saints who answered the call to holiness and insipres millions in the process. Good blog, good work. God bless :)

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  2. Was wanting info on those whose feast day is today because...

    it looks like today might be the day I *finally* get to offer up labor for your intentions! 13 days past the estimated due date, but who's counting?

    Thanks, Terry!

    :):):)

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  3. I love this post, Terry. :)

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  4. Jeevan - absolutely.

    Cathy - I'll be praying too - I was just wondering if you gave birth yet. God bless you - and as I said before, may Our Lady be your mid-wife.

    SF - that is because you really are humble.

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  5. Cathy--
    This may be too late but hope you had a safe delivery :)

    God Bless you and your brand new little one :)

    Sara

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  6. Maria7:32 PM

    n the Roman Catholic Church, extraordinary phenomenon, visions, locutions, and miracles during the person's life do not count in the canonization process - only heroic virtue...GREAT observation...

    You mean I get no plenary indulgences for all my levitation and ability to bi-locate? You mena I have to be nice to mean folks? Surely there are other loopholes we have not yet considered, right?

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