Franciscan Saints

29th December

The Servant of God Didacus of Sinagra

Confessor, Third Order

Didacus was born in Sicily. As a young man while journeying one day he was attacked by robbers who kidnapped him and when no one would pay a ransom for him they forced him on point of death to become their servant.

Didacus kept his heart and soul raised to God and did not play any part in their banditry. When Sixtus V ascended the Papal throne in 1585 he made his first task that of rooting out banditry in the Papal States. The band to which Didacus was attached was seized and brought to justice and its members condemned to death for their sins. Didacus was also caught though condemned to death with the others he was sent to the galleys. Upon observing his quiet resignation and manifest piety the authorities came to believe in his innocence and after eighteen months imprisonment he was set free.

His life experience to now had deeply impressed him and he took leave of the world to devote his remaining days to the service of God and to the task of his salvation. Didacus entered the third Order of St. Francis, and withdrew to a high mountain known as Mount St. Philip where he spent twenty-five years in a secluded cave, leading a very vigorous and God-pleasing life.

Enriched by numerous virtues and glorified by many miracles, he died peacefully in the Lord in 1612.

Prayer of the Church
(Saturday of Whitsun week)

In thy bounty o Lord, we beseech thee pour forth onto our
hearts the Holy Ghost, by whose wisdom we were created, and
by whose providence we are guided.
Through this same Christ our Lord who liveth and reigneth
with Thee and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.

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

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