Cloistered Dominican Nuns Corpus Christi Monastery

Blessed Francis de Posadas, Friar and Priest



Blessed Francis was born at Cordoba, Spain in 1644, of very poor parents.  In his early years, he delighted to give to the poor the food he received, and to gather together the children of his own age to recite the Rosary in procession.  He endeavored to instill piety into persons of the world, and even into his own parents, reasoning in a manner beyond his years.  

His stepfather treated him very badly for a long while, and forced him to abandon his studies and learn a trade instead.  But the harsh master to whom he was apprenticed was overcome by his meekness and furnished him with the means to continue his studies.  

In 1663, he fulfilled the desire of his early youth and entered the Order of Preachers at the priory of Scala Caeli in Cordoba.  When he became a religious, his brethren misunderstood him for a considerable time; but his merits were finally recognized and he was ordered to prepare for the priesthood.  In the exercise of the sacred ministry, he acquired such influence over the people that at Cordoba, with the assent of the magistrates, he succeeded in abolishing all the theatres in town.  His zealous preaching and hearing of confessions were such that he was considered to be another Saint Vincent Ferrer.

He was noted for his profound compassion for the poor and the imprisoned; often he would give his own clothing to relieve their needs.  In all his trials, prayer was his stay and consolation.  At Holy Mass, in particular, his devotion was so extraordinary that a bright ray was observed to issue from his mouth and light up the missal.  At the Elevation, his whole body trembled.  He died at Cordoba on September 20, 1731, while the Credo was being sung to him for the third time.

Prayer: O Lord, make me to know my end; and what is the number of my days that I may know what is wanting to me (see Psalm 39:4).

Practice: When you pass places of public entertainment, ask God’s forgiveness for all the sins committed therein.

Based on an excerpt of “Saints and Saintly Dominicans: Daily Reflections on Their Lives”, edited by Rev. Thomas a Kempis Reilly, O.P. (1915).

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