Blessed Christopher of Romagnola
Confessor, First Order
Christopher was a parish priest in the diocese of Cesena, who resigned his office, when the grace of God impelled him to ask our holy Gather St Francis for the habit. In 1219 Blessed Christopher of Romagnola was sent to Gascony, in southern France, to establish the order in those parts. He was a man full of holy simplicity and sincere love for the poor and the unfortunate. He took great pleasure in caring for the many persons who were afflicted with leprosy in those days and were outcasts of society.
He was very severe with himself. He wore a hair shirt studded with spikes of iron, for a long time, and always a belt having sharp points. He ate but once a day even in his advanced age. He built a small cell for himself of branches and sticks, and covered it with straw. But in spite of these rigorous penances he was always cheerful of countenance and pleasant in his dealings with others.
The friendliness by which Blessed Christopher gained the hearts of so many sinners, was a virtue he had learned from St Francis. Father Christopher had seen how St Francis dealt with his fellowmen, especially with poor sinners.
As in all things else, so in this matter St Francis kept before his mind the example of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who always received sinners with kindness.
Realizing the value of time, Blessed Christopher of Romagnola never wasted a moment, always busily occupied in prayer, meditation, He liked to work with his hands tending the garden, or other work that benefitted his brethren. His kindness and affability attracted many sinners, whom he succeeded in converting. God frequently favoured him with extraordinary inspirations, and so it was revealed to him that St Francis was about to die. He hastened from France to Italy and arrived at the Portiuncula shortly before the death of St Francis. He had the consolation of receiving his last blessing.
When Christopher arrived at the age of nearly one hundred years, his earthly sojourn came to an end. While earnestly exhorting the brethren gathered about his deathbed, he surrendered his soul to God in the year 1272. In death Blessed Christopher of Romagnola looked more like a person who had fallen asleep than like a dead person. An unusual concourse of people assembled for his burial which took place in Cahors, France. Many miracles occurred after his death; and his cult as Blessed was approved in 1905.
Prayer of the church
(Postcommunion No. 29 under "Various Prayers")
May the grace of the Holy Ghost, we beseech Thee, O Lord,
enlighten our hearts and refresh them abundantly with the
sweetness of perfect charity.
Through the same Christ Our Lord Who liveth �and reigneth
with Thee and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen
Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed., The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald press, Chicago, Illinois
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