Franciscan Saints


 

 

 

 18th April

 

 

Blessed Andrew of Hibernon

 

Confessor, First Order

 

Andrew was born in Murcia in 1534 of poor Spanish Nobility; to ease the family’s burden Andrew was reared by his uncle in Valencia.

Throughout his youth Andrew lived a blameless life; it was believed that he never lost his baptismal innocence. He was saddened because his sister was disadvantaged by poverty, in that their parents could not afford her dowry and as a young man Andrew was very resourceful in the ways he earned money for this. Finally Andrew returned to Murcia with a considerable amount of money on his person, happily anticipating her joy in receiving it; sadly Andrew fell among thieves and was stripped of all he had. Initially he was depressed by his failure yet later on he was blessed with the insight that material goods form only a small part of life’s necessities; Andrew resolved to labour for heavenly gifts which neither moth nor fire can destroy. Mat 6:19 (NIV)

Andrew was twenty-two when he arrived in Albacete, (127 km northwest of Murcia) where he begged at the gate of the Franciscan friary to be admitted as a lay brother, this favour was granted and Andrew began devoting himself to gathering his treasures in heaven. Andrew was punctilious in observing the Rules of the house, performing every task cheerfully; his brothers where excited by his devotion to penitential observances.

Andrew dealt harshly with himself but was full of kindness and consideration for his brothers and often undertook their most onerous tasks himself; devoting his spare time to prayer and meditation. At times he neither saw nor heard what went on around him being so intent upon his contemplation of the bitter sufferings of Christ and of the mysteries of the Blessed Sacrament.

His intimate union with God gave him strength to advance in all virtue, and a determined passion to save the souls of others, through his preaching he drew many unbelievers and sinners to the right path. Andrew also did penance for the souls in purgatory. God granted him extraordinary graces and many sick people were healed, it is said that Andrew had the gift to multiply provisions to assist the hungry and also to foresee some future events.

 

In 1537 Andrew migrated to the Alcantarine Reform monastery at Elche. He converted many Moors there by his frank simplicity, and died while helping to introduce the reform at Gandia. Four years prior to this he foretold that he would die on April 18, 1602 and on that day Andrew died a holy death immediately after completing the recitation of the rosary. So many people attended his funeral and were so vocal in their praises of him that it was as though the cortege accompanied the body of a saint. New miracles continued to occur at his tomb and Pope Pius VI beatified Andrew in 1791.

 

 

 

Prayer of the Church

 

O God, who didst adorn Blessed Andrew, Thy confessor, with

the gift of contemplation and a remarkable innocence, grant us

through his intercession, that amid the allurements of this world,

we may with our whole heart adhere to thee alone.

Through the same Christ Our Lord Who liveth and reigneth
with Thee and the Holy Spirit,  One God, now and forever.  Amen


 

 

Adapted from: Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed., The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald press, Chicago, Illinois

 

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