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The Servant of God Walter of Treviso

Confessor, Third Order

Walter was of aristocratic birth born late tenth to early eleventh century close to Spoleto and was brought up by his mother who was a devout Catholic. Walter was both clever and wise and well understood both the History of the Saints as well as various fields of worldly knowledge. His highest vocation was to the priesthood.

The bishop of Treviso was well aware by Walter�s piety and zeal and ordained Walter to the priesthood, making him his assistant in the administration of the Episcopal Office, Walter�s zealousness was rewarded because many hardened and unrepentant sinners were converted to the faith.

Upon his bishop�s death, Walter was appointed as his replacement though it took him much prayer and contemplation regarding accepting such a dignity, finally the Archbishop commanded him, under holy obedience to accept the position; Walter heard the voice of God speaking through his superiors and hesitated no longer.

Even as a Bishop Walter continued to observe the Rule of the Third Order, of which he had been a member for some years, always leading a very plain and mortified life. He allowed himself just one recreation to make Retreats in seclusion in the nearby Franciscan convent where he endeavoured to strengthen himself in prayer and religious exercises to prepare himself for a happy death.

He died in the peace of Christ in 1242. The populous venerated him as a living saint and, in death, more so.



Prayer of the church
(No. 27 under 'Various Prayers")

O God, who withstandest the proud and givest Thy grace to
the humble, endow us with that true virtue of humility, the
pattern which Thine only-begotten Son showed in Himself to the
faithful; nor may we ever by our pride provoke Thee to anger. but
rather, in our lowliness, accept from Thy hands the gifts of Thy
grace.
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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