Franciscan Saints




21st February

The Servant of God Jordan Mai

Confessor, First Order

 

Pope Pius X once remarked that it is peculiar to the saints of our Day that they attain prominence through less extraordinary deeds than through simple fidelity in their ordinary duties. Such was also the case with this servant of God, all of whose life of virtue and estimation in the eyes of God became known after his death.

Brother Jordan was born on September 1, 1866, in Westphalia. His parents were poor in earthly possessions, but rich in the fear of God and in thrift. Until he was twenty-nine years old, Henry, as brother Jordan was known in the world, worked s a simple labourer and a good soldier. In 1895 he became a Franciscan brother and spent the last fifteen years of his life in the Franciscan friary at Dortmund.

In the convent he lived a quiet and retired life, although those who were more closely associated with him knew him to be a very conscientious, diligent and humble religious. In his interior life he attained to a high degree of mysticism. After the reception of Holy Common holiness radiated from his eyes. In his humility he copied from our Blessed Lady, and he always regretted that the invocation, “virgin most humble,” was not added to the Litany of Loreto.

His charity towards his neighbour made him particularly agreeable to his fellows. No one who ever had any dealings with him could recall his having in any way, in either word or deed, failed against charity. However, he was always on the alert to perform acts of charity for others.

It was one of his greatest delights to serve the priest at holy Mass. Franciscan cheerfulness radiated from his whole being. Only God knows all that he did, suffered, and prayed for the conversion of sinners, during his lifetime and still more after his holy death.

On February 20, 1922, he prepared himself for death. “Now I am going to heaven,” he said in his simple way to his confessor. The extraordinary answers to prayers directed to him cover such a variety of needs and are so striking that the faithful believe that he is really with God, and he has been called “The St. Anthony of Dortmund”. The great host of Brother Jordan’s clients in the Old and the New World are firmly convinced that the honour of the altars will be granted to him in the near future. His cause of beatification is now under way.

With the approbation of the bishop of Paderborn and in the presence of his representatives, the body of Brother Jordan was exhumed and placed in a new coffin on October,10, 1932. (Cf. Forum 1943,pp. 34-37;1947,pp.227-231, in Habig 1959,p124)

 

Prayer of the church

We beseech thee O Lord, through the saving means of Thy

mercy, support our infirmities, so that what of its nature tends to

sink to earth, may be supported by Thy mercy

Through the same Christ Our Lord Who liveth  and reigneth

 with Thee and the Holy Spirit,  One God, now and forever.

 Amen

 

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

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