Saint Ignatius of Laconi (1701-1781)
for May 11
Saint Ignatius of Laconi was born to a poor farm family. At 17, he became severely ill. He made a promise to God that, if he was cured, he would devote his life to being a Franciscan. He was cured, but his father wanted him to wait a while longer before joining the Franciscan order. At 20, Ignatius was almost killed while horseback riding. He believed that God had once again spared his life and he immediately joined a Capuchin Franciscan monastery. Ignatius's traits of self-denial and charity led to his selection as official beggar for the friars. He held this position for 40 years. Saint Ignatius of Laconi often comforted the sick, visited the lonely, spent time with homeless children, and converted many sinners.
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By modern standards, Saint Ignatius of Laconi did not accomplish much. He became a Franciscan and spent his life as a beggar. According to our benchmarks for success, Saint Ignatius of Laconi led an unsuccessful life. But according to the standards set by God, he was magnificent and holy, the superlative example of a human made in God's image. Saint Ignatius emanated charity, compassion and humility. Have you ever met someone who displays these qualities? Do you display these qualities?
Dear God, help me to be a success as Saint Ignatius of Laconi was a success.