Saints and Saintly Dominicans – 5 June

18th century illustration of Saint Francis Caracciolo; artist unknown; uploaded by MaryHenryettaCarson; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsSaint Francis Caracciolo, Confessor

Almighty God, willing to detach Saint Francis from all created things, permitted him to be attacked at the age of twenty-two by a horrible leprosy. Enlightened by this means as to the vanity of this world, of youth and beauty, he resolved to seek the world which passes not away, the youth which the elect enjoy eternally and the beauty of the soul, all of which are begun by grace on earth, and consummated by glory in Heaven. Having regained his health, Saint Francis gave away all his goods to the poor and consecrated himself without reserve to the service of his neighbor, especially to the assistance of those condemned to death. He often repeated those words of the Psalms: “The zeal of thine house hath eaten me.” He is venerated by the Church as the founder of the Clerks Regular Minor, who add to the three vows of religion that of never seeking ecclesiastical dignities. Saint Louis Bertrand highly esteemed this institute, and one day, seeing Saint Francis passing with his fellow worker, Venerable Adorus, he kissed their feet, saying that they deserved it, as they were the Fathers of a holy Institute. Saint Francis encouraged among his religious and the faithful who frequented their churches, the perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. He himself passed whole nights at the foot of the tabernacle, and for this reason he is often represented kneeling before the monstrance. (1608)

Prayer

O my God, sin has made me even more horrible than a leper, grant that nothing may remain in me of this disease.

Practice

Regard every trial which you meet in the path of life as a call from God to greater perfection.