Saturday, October 23, 2010

Salt and Light for others

From the treatise Mirror of the Clergy by St John of Capistrano,
but can also be fittingly applied to the royal priesthood of believers...

"Those who are called to the table of the Lord must
glow with the brightness that comes from the good example
of a praiseworthy and blameless life. They must completely remove
from their lives the filth and uncleanness of vice.
    Their upright lives must make them like the salt of the earth for themselves and for the rest of mankind. The brightness of their wisdom must make them like the light of the world that brings light to others. ...
     They have been placed here to care for others. Their own lives
should be an example to others, showing how they must live in the
house of the Lord.  ~  Saint John of Capistrano


 St John of Capistrano
Franciscan priest, the "Soldier Saint"
Patron of jurists
Italy ~ 1385-1456
FEAST DAY - October 23

On St John's tomb in the Austrian town of Villach,
the governor had this message inscribed:

"This tomb holds John, by birth of Capistrano,
a man worthy of all praise, defender and promoter of the faith,
guardian of the Church, zealous protector of his Order,
an ornament to all the world, lover of truth and religious justice,
mirror of life, surest guide in doctrine;
praised by countless tongues, he reigns blessed in heaven."

Ste John of Capistrano, ora pro nobis!


Comments of Prof. Plinio CorrĂȘa de Oliveira: One could try to make a classification of the saints. Some were founders of nations, others were organizers of nations, still others were founders of religious orders. Then, there is a category of saints who were the defensive walls of the House of God. They constitute a kind of saint whose principal goal is to fight, to destroy the enemies of God. They have the capacity to put fire in souls to stimulate them to the defense of God, to lead them to combat. And in the combat they know how to sustain the courage of the good as well as how to attack the enemies. Doing this, they defend the walls of the House of God. Such is the mission of this category of saints. St. John of Capistrano was one of these saints.

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