Franciscan Saints




24th June



The Servant of God Illuminatus of Rieti


Confessor, First Order


Feast day is 5th May

  Illuminatus was the son of wealthy and distinguished parents, V lit; but was born blind. Once when St. Francis preached at Rieti, the   father of Illuminatus invited him to lodge at his home. Now when   A St. Francis came into the house, the parents brought the blind boy to him and urgently begged St. Francis to bless him. Filled with compassion, St. Francis made the Sign of the Cross over the child’s »  eyes, and at once the child could see. St. Francis also told the parents in advance that later the boy would join his order. And thus it happened.

When the boy had grown to young manhood and had gained  a splendid education, he recognized that all the glamour the  world offered him in his eminent position was in reality only passing and dazzling tinsel. He desired better and more lasting  treasures, and therefore earnestly begged St. Francis for admission into his order. St. Francis gave him, with the habit, the name Illuminatus, that is, the enlightened one, not only because he  had miraculously received the sight of his bodily eyes, but more  so because the grace of Cod had enlightened his mind to recognize the vanity of the world and devote himself to the service of God.

Illuminatus did indeed evince fine understanding of higher  things, and with it lively zeal to advance in perfection. He became one of the most beloved disciples of St. Francis, who chose him as his companion on his journey to Syria. When they arrived at Damietta, they came upon the camp of the Crusaders, who were just then making ready for battle against the unbelievers.

St. Francis said to his companion; “God has revealed to me that if they launch this offensive, great misfortune will befall the Christians. If I tell them this, they will laugh me to scorn, but if I remain silent, my conscience will reprove me. What do you  think about it?” Illuminatus answered: "Brother, be not disturbed  about the judgment of men, act according to your conscience  and fear Cod more than men.” And so Francis announced o the Christians the revelation that had been granted him and warned them against making the attack. He was scoffed at, but the battle terminated in defeat for the Christian army.

llluminatus was so trusted by St. Francis that he disclosed to him the miraculous way in which he had received the sacred stigmata, so that llluminatus could bear witness to the fact after the death of St. Francis.  He lived forty years after the death of   his spiritual father, and was one of the most reliable witnesses of his admirable life. Ln 1266 he died on the fifth day of May regarded by all as a saint, and was laid to rest in the church of St. Francis of Assisi.

Pages 447-448 my edition of the Franciscan Book of saints by Marion A Habig OFM






Prayer of the Church

(Third Sunday in Advent)


We beseech Thee, O Lord, incline Thine ear to our prayers

and enlighten the darkness of our minds through the grace of

Thy visitation.

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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