Franciscan Saints




 

27th January

The Servant of God Louis of Arazilo

Confessor, First Order

 

Louis of Arazilo lived in the Spanish Province of Valencia in a convent where, lawful dispensation, allowed certain leniencies in the observance of the strict rule of St. Francis. He longed to transfer to a unit of the order that observed the Franciscan rule in its entirety. But his delicate health prevented him to fulfil his devout desire. When, however his longing persisted he resolved to carry out his design, trusting in Him who is strong even in the weak. As soon as he entered the stricter convent he felt himself gaining such strength that he could join in the observance of all the austerities. Only for the hardships of preaching did he lack the necessary strength. His holy life was a continuous sermon, and his loving kindness won all hearts to himself.

 When chosen Guardian of the convent, he carried out the office with love and consideration for all his charges, this was especially so when ministering to the sick. When a contagious disease broke out in the region he gave little regard for himself, sacrificing himself completely for them, giving comfort to them and preparing them for a Christian death. As a result his own depleted energies declined and he succumbed to the epidemic himself.

 He endured the greatest pains heroically and died a martyry of charity in 1583, appearing after his death to his fellow religious – radiant in glory.

 

Prayer of the church

(Ember Wednesday in September)

Succour in thy mercy our weakness, we beseech Thee, O Lord:

and in pity renew that poor strength of ours which of its own

nature is ever wasting away. Christ, our Lord, Who liveth and

reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever. Amen

 

The bulk of this information came from the Web of the Tau Maria Franciscan's  which information seems to have been adapted from “The Franciscan Book of Saints, ed. by Marion Habig, O.F.M. The Tau Maria Franciscans have since rebuilt their web and the source information is no longer available


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

 

 

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