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Sunday, 13 November 2016

13th November, St Didacus, Confessor

St Didacus, Confessor

Didacus or Diego, born in Spain in about AD 1400, entered, as a lay-brother, the Franciscan monastery of Arrizafa. He devoted himself especially to the contemplation of the Lord's passion; he spoke of heavenly things in an almost divine way. In the Canary Islands, he suffered all manner of tribulations. In Rome, in 1450, he was put in charge of the sick at the convent of Ara Coeli; in spirt of the scarcity, those who were committed to his care never wanted the necessaries of life. He returned to Spain and died piously at Alcala de Hanarez in 1463.

Justus ut palma florebit: sucut cedrus Libani multiplicabitur: plantatus in domo Domini: in atriis domus Dei nostri. * Bonum est confiteri Domino: et psallere nomini tuo, Altissime.
The just shall flourish like the palm-tree: he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus: planted in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God.
(Psalm 91:13-14,2 from the Introit of Mass)

O Almighty and everlasting God, who by Thy wonderful providence hast chosen the weak things of this world to confound those which are strong: relying on the kindly prayers of blessed Didacus, Thy confessor, we who are lowly in deed, supplicate Thee to be made worthy of being raised up to the everlasting glory in heaven.

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