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BLESSED DIDACUS JOSEPH OF CADIZ (1743-1801)
Capuchin Friar and “Apostle of the Holy Trinity”
Born in Cadiz, Spain, Didacus Joseph grew up in a devout Roman Catholic family. He dedicated his life to God, for he became a Capuchin friar and eventually a priest and popular preacher. The Blessed’s relative lack of education was an initial obstacle to his admission into the order, but he overcame this difficulty.
Didacus Joseph was devoted to the Holy Trinity, a theme he worked into his popular, powerful, and life-changing sermons frequently. He also heard many confessions, spent many nights in prayer, and visited many in prisons and hospitals, in addition to committing many other charitable works. Didacus Joseph’s work was so effective that, when he died in 1801, people hailed him as a second Paul, the savior of the faith in Spain, and the apostle of his century.
There were also accounts of Didacus Joseph levitating above a pulpit from time to time, requiring assistance to descend to the floor. I doubt the veracity of such stories. As a high-ranking Vatican official said regarding St. Joseph of Cupertino, another alleged leviatator, in a middle-1990s U.S. cable television documentary about saints, the law of gravity applies to saints.
But the great legacy of the life of the Blessed Didacus Joseph of Cadiz is his love of the Trinitarian God, a devotion he expressed in his preaching, his praying, and his caring for the practical and spiritual needs of others. A man is as he thinks; a woman is as she thinks. Based on the words and deeds of the Blessed Didacus Joseph of Cadiz, I conclude that his thoughts brought him into frequent communion with God. May yours do likewise, and lead to the spiritual fruits God dictates.
Blessed God, we thank you for the life and legacy of Didacus Joseph of Cadiz, who overcame obstacles and fulfilled his sacred vocation, for your glory and the benefit of many. May we also live for you and the improvement of our fellow human beings, showing God to them, as you enable us. In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-28
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
JANUARY 25, 2011 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF THE CONVERSION OF SAINT PAUL
Revised on December 24, 2016