Franciscan Saints


  4th December

The Servant of God Lucy Sancia

Widow, Second Order

Lucy was born at Carmona in Spain towards the close of the fifteenth century. From youth she devoted herself with filial piety to the service of the Blessed Virgin and devoutly venerated the mystery of the Immaculate Conception.

When she grew up into a young woman, her parents gave her in marriage to a physician who was very worldly-minded. This gave her occasion for much grief, which she could confide to no one but to her crucified Lord and His holy Mother. Whenever occasion offered itself, she would repair to a remote and se cluded church where she could pour out her heart to God without being disturbed.

It so happened on a certain Sunday that she was deeply absorbed in prayer when a heavy storm arose, followed by such a downpour of rain that the entire neighborhood was flooded. This delayed her return home, and she was forced to spend the entire night in the church. Next morning she returned home with a heavy heart, filled with dread of the reproaches that her husband would make, but at the same time recommending herself to the care of the Queen of heaven.
To her astonishment, she found her husband in the best of humor; her absence had remained unnoticed. Lucy recognized in this the protection of Mary, and, amid tears of gratitude, she gave her husband a complete account of what had happened. He was so affected that he promised to reform his life, and from then on granted her perfect freedom in the exercise of works of charity and of piety.

A few years later, when Lucy had become a widow, she obtained permission from Pope Leo X to convert a house she had bought into a convent, and there she founded a congregation of Sisters of the Third Order in the year 1513. The result was that Her dissatisfied relatives caused her much annoyance and Sorrow. But her humility, patience, and holy prudence helped her to Triumph over these difficulties. Later she obtained the privilege Of enclosure for this congregation and incorporation with the Conceptionist Poor Clares who had been founded by Blessed Beatrice da Silva and were subject to the minister general of the Franciscans. Then she and her companions were invested with these Poor Clares and Pronounced their vows in accordance with their rule.

After a long life filled with good works, she died a blessed death. Her spiritual daughters revered her as a saint.

Prayer of the Church
(For the Preservation of Harmony)

O God, the giver of peace and lover of charity, give unto Thy
servants true harmony in accordance with Thy will, that we may
be delivered from all the temptations which beset us.
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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