St John of Matha, Confessor
Thanks to the abundant alms (Epistle) which St. John of Matha obtained from the kings and princes of France and Spain, he was enabled to ransom a large number of Christian fallen into the hands of infidels.
He passed his last two years in Rome in continual mortification and prayer and was thus the faithful servant who watched for the coming of his Master at every hour of his life (Gospel). He died in 1213.
Os justi meditabitur sapientiam, et lingua ejus loquetur judicium; lex Dei ejus in corde ipsius. * Noli aemulari in malignantibus: neque zelaveris facientes iniquitatem.
The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak judgement: the law of his God is in his heart. * Be not emulous of evildoers: nor envy them that work iniquity.
(Psalm 36:30-31,1 from the Introit of Mass)
Deus, qui per sanctum Joannem ordinem sanctissimae Trinitatis ad redimendum de potestate Saracenorum captivos caelitus instituere dignatus es: praesta, quaesumus; ut, ejus suffragantibus meritis, a captivitate corporis et animae, te adjuvante, liberemur.
O God, who didst vouchsafe to institute by heavenly direction, through St. John, the order of the Holy Trinity, for redeeming captives from the power of the Saracens, grant, we beseech Thee, that by the suffrage of his merits, we may be delivered by Thy grace from captivity of soul and body.