The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century – Father Magin Catala

The Spanish Franciscan, Magin Catala, had great repute for sanctity in California. He remained continually at work in the mission of Santa Clara from 1794 until his death on 22 November 1830. He was almost constantly afflicted with grievous rheumatic pains, and during the last years of his life could neither stand nor walk without another’s help. Nevertheless, he visited the sick and preached while seated at the communion-rail. Nor would he lay aside the practices of penance with which he afflicted his body while he lived. The fame of his miracles and prophecies spread far and wide. He is said to have predicted the great earthquake which wrecked San Francisco on 18 April 1906. Archbishop J. S. Alemany began the process of the Servant of God in 1894.

– this text is taken from The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century: Saintly Men and Women of Our Own Times, by Father Constantine Kempf, SJ; translated from the German by Father Francis Breymann, SJ; Impimatur by + Cardinal John Farley, Archbishop of New York, 25 September 1916