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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

St. Fidelis

(1577 - 1622)

Easter: April 24th



St. Fidelis was born at Sigmaringen in Swabia in 1577. He practiced at first as a lawyer, and so took to heart the cause of the needy that he was known as the poor man's lawyer. Then, he joined the Capuchin Friars Minor and was sent by the Holy See to the Grisons in order to bring back the inhabitants of this canton from Protestantism to the Catholic faith. His great influence earned him enemies; he was murdered at Seewis on April 24, 1622.



St. Fidelis


Fidelis has been called the "protomartyr of the Capuchin Order and of the Propaganda in Rome." He was born in 1577, became a renowned lawyer. But feeling that this profession endangered the salvation of his soul, he decided to join the Capuchin Order, and employ his extraordinary gift of eloquence in urging the faithful to lead holy lives and in bringing heretics back to the true faith. An ardent admirer of the founder of his Order, he was a great friend of poverty. Severe with himself, he was most considerate towards others, "embracing them like a mother does her children." When the Austrian army was stricken by plague, he cared for the spiritual and bodily needs of the soldiers in such a manner that he was honored with the title, "Father of the Fatherland."

His devotion toward the Mother of God was truly remarkable. Trusting in her intercession and that of other saints, he often begged God for the grace of sacrificing his life in vindication of the Catholic faith. The occasion came when he was appointed to lead the mission for the conversion of Grisons (in Switzerland); heroically, he suffered a martyr's death, and sanctified with his blood the first-fruits of martyrdom in the Capuchin Order (1622).

Excerpted from The Church's Year of Grace, Pius Parsch

http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2013-04-24

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