Franciscan Saints

8th January

The Servant of God Adolph of Strasbourg


Martyr, First Order

The servant of God Adolph was custos of the Franciscan province of Strasbourg. During the thirty years’ War, while he was on a journey to Wuerttemberg in connection with his priestly duties, a heretic soldier fell upon him and out of hatred for the Catholic Faith and the order whose habit Adolph was wearing, sent a bullet through his left shoulder, another through his neck, then gave him a blow on his head with his sword, and ended by tying the half-dead religious, who bleeding from three severe wounds, to the tail of his horse.

In this manner he dragged him up hill and down dale into the nearby woods, where Adolph died. This was in the vicinity of the fortress of Asperg in Wuerttemberg, on January 8, 1632.

For three days and nights Adolph’s body lay there: yet neither the birds nor any marauding animals touched it. Then the body was found by some Lutherans, who grew very much incensed at beholding the marks of such wanton cruelty. They buried the remains with great respect. Seven years later the body was exhumed and laid to rest in the church of the Poor Clares at Heilbronn.

The just punishment of heaven, however, was meted out to the murderer of the martyr. Two years after the ruthless deed, in the act of conveying a lot of stolen loot to Strasbourg for safe keeping, he was attacked and stoned by his companion robbers on the very spot of his own crimes. He was so terribly mauled that his face became black and bloated and he expired in terrible torment.


Part three of the meditation following the life of this saint. ( As taken straight from the book – so excuse the Theology)

Consider that God’s retribution for all sins will be exactly in accordance with the offenses committed. “In what things a man has most sinned,” says Thomas a Kempis of the pains of hell (1,24), “ in those things shall he be most grievously punished. There the slothful will be pricked with burning goads, the gluttonous tormented with extreme hunger and thirst; there the luxurious and the lovers of pleasure will have burning pitch and fetid sulphur rained upon them; and the envious, like rabid dogs, will howl for grief. There one hour of punishment will be more grievous than a hundred years of the most bitter penance here.” – Is it not better and easier, then, to overcome our inordinate desires here on earth, and to so penance for the sins we have committed?

Prayer of the Church

(Saturday in the First week of Lent)

Graciously hear, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the prayers of Thy

people, that we who are justly afflicted for our sins, may for the

glory of Thy name be mercifully delivered. Through Christ our

Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Sprit

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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