October 20, 2012

St. John Cantius

St. John was born at Kenty in Poland in 1390, and studied at Cracow with great ability, industry, and success, while his modesty and virtue drew all hearts to him.

He was for a short time in charge of a parish; but he shrank from the burden of responsibility, and returned to his life of professor at Cracow. There for many years he lived a life of unobtrusive virtue, self-denial, and charity.

His love for the Holy See led him often in pilgrimage to Rome, on foot and alone, and his devotion to the Passion drew him once to Jerusalem, where he hoped to win a martyr's crown by preaching to the Turks.

He died in 1473, at the age of seventy.

(Butlers Lives of the Saints)

(note: "Turks" are also Moslems, Muslims, Moors)
We need some St. John Cantius types who are willing to desire to win such a martyr's crown.... but who wants to speak up?

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