Skip to comments.[Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Didacus, 11-07-18
Posted on 11/07/2018 9:04:34 PM PST by Salvation
Didacus is living proof that God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.”
As a young man in Spain, Didacus joined the Secular Franciscan Order and lived for some time as a hermit. After Didacus became a Franciscan brother, he developed a reputation for great insight into Gods ways. His penances were heroic. He was so generous with the poor that the friars sometimes grew uneasy about his charity.
Didacus volunteered for the missions in the Canary Islands and labored there energetically and profitably. He was also the superior of a friary there.
In 1450, he was sent to Rome to attend the canonization of Saint Bernardine of Siena. When many of the friars gathered for that celebration fell ill, Didacus stayed in Rome for three months to nurse them. After he returned to Spain, he pursued a life of contemplation full-time. He showed the friars the wisdom of Gods ways.
As he was dying, Didacus looked at a crucifix and said: O faithful wood, O precious nails! You have borne an exceedingly sweet burden, for you have been judged worthy to bear the Lord and King of heaven (Marion A. Habig, OFM, The Franciscan Book of Saints, p. 834).
San Diego, California, is named for this Franciscan, who was canonized in 1588.
We cannot be neutral about genuinely holy people. We either admire them or we consider them foolish. Didacus is a saint because he used his life to serve God and Gods people. Can we say the same for ourselves?
Saint of the Day Ping!
Saints for All, Saint Didacus, 11-07-18
Isn’t he the one who flew too close to the sun???
(just kidding and running away)
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