Saint Louis Grignion de Montfort, Priest - 28th April 2017

  • Posted on: 28 April 2017
  • By: holyghostchurch
  • Information:
    Feast Day:    April 28
    Born:    31 January 1673 at Montfort-La-Cane, Brittany, France
    Died:    1716 at Saint-Laurent-sur-Sovre, France
    Canonized:    1947 by Pope Pius XII

    PROTOMARTYR OF OCEANIA
    Missionary in Brittany and Vendee; born at Montfort, 31 January, 1673; died at Saint Laurent sur Sevre, 28 April, 1716.
    From his childhood, he was indefatigably devoted to prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, and, when from his twelfth year he was sent as a day pupil to the Jesuit college at Rennes, he never failed to visit the church before and after class. He joined a society of young men who during holidays ministered to the poor and to the incurables in the hospitals, and read for them edifying books during their meals. At the age of nineteen, he went on foot to Paris to follow the course in theology, gave away on the journey all his money to the poor, exchanged clothing with them, and made a vow to subsist thenceforth only on alms. He was ordained priest at the age of twenty-seven, and for some time fulfilled the duties of chaplain in a hospital. In 1705, when he was thirty-two, he found his true vocation, and thereafter devoted himself to preaching to the people. During seventeen years he preached the Gospel in countless towns and villages. As an orator he was highly gifted, his language being simple but replete with fire and divine love. His whole life was conspicuous for virtues difficult for modern degeneracy to comprehend: constant prayer, love of the poor, poverty carried to an unheard-of degree, joy in humiliations and persecutions.
    If we do not risk anything for God we will never do anything great for Him. (St. Louis de Montfort).