St Francis de Paola, Confessor
Despising everything to gain Christ, he endeavoured to resemble Him in His sufferings, so as to be able to participate in the glory of His resurrection n (Epistle). God, who exalts the humble (Collect), made him celebrated by numerous miracles and by the gift of prophecy. He died at the age of 91 in 1507.
Let us imitate the humilIty and penitence of St. Francis in order that we may attain the rewards promised to humble and mortified souls (Collect).
Justus ut palma florebit: sicut 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)
Deus, humilium celsitudo, qui beatum Franciscum Confessorem Sanctorum tuorum gloria sublimasti: tribue, quaesumus, ut, ejus meritis et imitatione, promissa humilibus praemia feliciter consequamur.
O God, who lifteth up the humble and hast raised Thy blessed confessor Francis to the glory of the saints; grant, we beseech Thee, that by his merits and example, we too may attain the happiness which Thou hast promised to the humble of heart.
From the Catholic Encyclopaedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06231a.htm