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11th October

The Servant of God Victricius (Viktrizius) Weiss

Confessor, First Order, Capuchin

Tau The opening session for the Beatification of  Fr Viktrizius Weiss began on 25 April 1935 in the Episcopal Diocese of Regensburg. On the 10th May 1979 Pope John Paul II announced in a solemn papal decree, the decision that Father Viktrizius Weiss had led an heroic life and pronounced him a "Venerable Servant of God".

Father Victricius was born in 1842 in the little town of Eggenfelden in northern Bavaria, the son of a deeply religious surgeon. He made his classical studies in Munich; and he studied theology in Freising. During these years he felt a great attraction for the interior life. After his ordination to the priesthood in 1866, he labored as a chaplain in Schwabing and was then appointed prefect and professor of homiletics in the seminary at Freising. In 1871 he received his doctorate in theology.

 

Although he was very genial and sociable in his dealings with others, he devoted himself resolutely to meditation, self-conquest, and a life of sacrifice. In 1875 he joined the Capuchin Order; and his brethren chose him five times as the head of the Bavarian province. He achieved remarkable results by his exemplary life, the spirit of recollection, and fraternal charity.

 

From the year 1908, he dwelt in the convent of Vilsbiburg. There he had to suffer much. Deafness, sleeplessness, ulcers, spiritual dryness and desolation, difficulties arising from association with others provided a severe trial for him. But all this only caused him to grow all the more in virtue.

 

On October 8, 1924, his holy life of atonement came to a close. He was generally regarded as a saint, and the process of his beatification is now being carried on in Rome. (Cf. Forum, 1953, in Habig 1959)

Father Victricius gives us his own biography in a prayer which he wrote:

I consecrate myself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
With my hidden Jesus I wish to remain unknown,
misrepresented, and despised.
I want to be crucified in body and soul with my crucified Saviour,
in order to atone in some way for the insults
rendered Him in the most holy Sacrament of the altar.
I want to rejoice with my glorified Jesus because
He cannot now suffer any more.
But I may suffer.
I want to offer up all my sufferings
for the intentions of His Sacred Heart.

By Father Victricius Weiss OFM 1842-1871 Bavaria Germany


Prayer of the church

O God, who by sin art offended, but by penance pacified
graciously look upon the humble prayers of Thy people, and ward
off the scourges of Thy wrath which we have deserved for our
sins.
Through the same Christ Our Lord  Who liveth ´┐Żand 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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