Franciscan Saints


 

 

 

21st August

 

 

The Servant of God Francis of Ypres

 

Confessor, Third Order

 

Fr. Marion Habig OFM describes Francis of Ypres as ‘The devout Tertiary who brought great honor to the Third Order, in the city of Ypres…’ though he doesn’t say where this Francis was born we may assume it was in Ypres, in East Flanders. Francis’ family, were regarded for its Christian faith and while Francis studied law he, too, was remembered for his pious nature.

Soon after finishing his studies Francis married to please his parents, and at the same time entered the Third Order of St. Francis he always wore their dress publically at Fraternity meetings, he was regular in his attendance and always sent his apologies when  absent.

The description Fr. Marion Habig OFM gives us of the way Francis ran his Christian household sounds very much like an army barracks.

His prowess as a Lawyer won him the position of first assessor of the king’s council.

At the age of thirty he contracted a wasting disease and for eight years bore excruciating pain with amazing patience and scorned sympathy and when receiving it he used to say: “ I am grateful to God that He is giving me the time and opportunity to prepare myself for  a happy death, which will, I trust, bring me to eternal life.” ( Habig, 1959)

This Servant of God died in the year 1689.

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer of the Church

(Tuesday of the Second Week in Lent)

 

Perfect within us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, in Thy mercy, the

strength required by orderly conduct, that we know Thou

hast appointed us to do  we may by Thy assistance be enabled to

fulfil. 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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