Oct 23 – St. John of Capistrano – Franciscan Saint of the Day
The Life of St. John of Capistrano, Confessor, First Order (d. 1456) for the Franciscan Saint of the Day for Oct 23. St. John was born in Italy and was made governor of Perugia at a young age but then fell into the hands of evil men who put him in prison, after which he entered the Franciscans where he excelled in devotion and following the Franciscan rule. He became a reformer of the Franciscans and a preacher occasioning many conversions and worked against many heresies. He helped preach a crusade against the invading Turks.
Reflection is on how the life of a Christian is warfare in that we must fight against the spirit of the lord and persevere in virtue and prayer. We must die to all earthly desires.
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Read by Fr. Ignatius Manfredonia, FI from Marion Habig's 'The Franciscan Book of Saints' Revised Edition, Franciscan Herald Press, ISBN: 978-0819907516
Playlist of Franciscan Saints: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TxcAETrU_k&list=PLejh_e0-LN4wErRczZGry4TXytCZFiLCm