Above: St. Frances of Rome
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SAINT FRANCES OF ROME (1384-MARCH 9, 1440)
Foundress of the Collatines
St. Frances of Rome, a native of that city, came from an aristocratic family. Her parents were Paul Bussa and Jacobella de’ Roffredeschi. At the age of 12 years our saint married Lorenzo de’ Ponziani, to whom she remained wedded for 40 years. The couple had three children. St. Frances, as a widow , became a Benedictine nun. She continued to do what she had done as a laywoman–to serve the sick and the poor. In 1433 she founded the Oblates for the Tor de’ Specchi (the Collatines). Our saint also founded the first home for abandoned children in Rome. Furthermore, she reported 97 visions, in which she saw, among other things, Hell and Purgatory. Our saint died on March 9, 1440. She was about 56 years old.
Pope Paul V canonized her in 1608.
St. Frances is the patron of women, Rome, motorists, motorcyclists, aviators, Roman housewives, taxi cab drivers, and people ridiculed for their faith.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
JANUARY 13, 2017 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF SAINT HILARY OF POITIERS, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF POITIERS, “ATHANASIUS OF THE WEST,” AND HYMN WRITER; MENTOR OF SAINT MARTIN OF TOURS, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF TOURS
THE FEAST OF CHRISTIAN KEIMANN, GERMAN LUTHERAN HYMN WRITER
THE FEAST OF SAINT KENTIGERN, A.K.A. MUNGO, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF GLASGOW
THE FEAST OF SAINT MARGUERITE BOURGEOYS, FOUNDRESS OF THE SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME
O God, by whose grace your servant Saint Frances of Rome,
kindled with the flame of your love, became a burning and shining light in your Church:
Grant that we also may be aflame with the spirit of love and discipline,
and walk before you as children of light,
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Psalm 133 or 34:1-8 or 119:161-168
2 Corinthians 6:1-10
–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 723