Saint for the Day - June 12 - St. John of St.
St. John was born at
St. Fagondez, in Spain. At an early age he held
several benefices in the diocese of Burgos, till the
reproaches of his conscience forced him to resign
them all except one chapel, where he said Mass
daily, preached, and catechised. After this he
studied theology at Salamanca, and then laboured for
some time as a most devoted missionary priest.
Ultimately he became a hermit of the Augustinian
Order, in the same city. There his life was marked
by a singular devotion to the Holy Mass. Each night
after Matins he remained in prayer till the hour of
celebration, when he offered the Adorable Sacrifice
with the most tender piety, often enjoying the sight
of Jesus in glory, and holding sweet colloquies with
The power of his personal holiness was seen in his
preaching, which produced a complete reformation in
Salamanca. He had a special gift of reconciling
differences, and was enabled to put an end to the
quarrels and feuds among noblemen, at that period
very common and fatal. The boldness shown by St.
John in reproving vice endangered his life. A
powerful noble, having been corrected by the Saint
for oppressing his vassals, sent two assassins to
slay him. The holiness of the Saint's aspect,
however, caused by that peace which continually
reigned in his soul, struck such awe into their
minds that they could not execute their purpose, but
humbly besought his forgiveness. And the nobleman
himself, falling sick, was brought to repentance,
and recovered his health by the prayers of the Saint
whom he had endeavoured to murder.
He was also most zealous in denouncing those hideous
vices which are a fruitful source of strife, and it
was in defence of holy purity that he met his death.
A lady of noble birth but evil life, whose companion
in sin St. John had converted, contrived to
administer a fatal poison to the Saint. After
several months of terrible suffering, borne with
unvarying patience, St. John went to his reward on
June 11, 1479.
Saint for the Day - St. John of St. Fagondez
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