Feast Day of St. John of Capistrano



“Those who are called to the table of the Lord must glow with the brightness that comes from the good example of a praiseworthy and blameless life. They must completely remove from their lives the filth and uncleanness of vice. Their upright lives must make them like the salt of the earth for themselves and for the rest of mankind. The brightness of their wisdom must make them like the light of the world that brings light to others. They must learn from their eminent teacher, Jesus Christ, what he declared not only to his apostles and disciples, but also to all the priests and clerics who were to succeed them, when he said, “You are the salt of the earth. But what is salt goes flat? How can you restore its flavor? Then it is good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

Jesus also said: “You are the light of the world.” Now a light does not illumine itself, but instead it diffuses its rays and shines all around upon everything that comes into its view. So it must be with the glowing lives of upright and holy clerics. By the brightness of their holiness they must bring light and serenity to all who gaze upon them. They have been placed here to care for others. Their own lives should be an example to others, showing how they must live in the house of the Lord. “

from the treatise Mirror of the Clergy by Saint John of Capistrano

p.s. apologies for the absence of yesterdays ‘saintly post’ , I have been unwell, but today feel a bit better 🙂

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5 Responses to Feast Day of St. John of Capistrano

  1. Esther says:

    Sorry to read you were feeling sick Deb. Glad you are feeling better.

    BTW, whenever it is this feast day, a song Bugs Bunny sang runs through my head and I can’t get rid of it…When the Swallows Come Back from Capistrano 🙂

  2. Gabrielle says:

    I don’t know anything about St. John of Capistrano, so I enjoyed reading these quotes very much. Hope you’re feeling even better by tomorrow.

  3. St. John of C. pray for Ukok and us all!

  4. ukok says:


    you are such a dear woman, thank you for your well wishes. I am increasing my steroid inhaler doses in an attempt to stave off a full blown chest infection 🙂


    I didn’t know anything about him either until I posted on him, that’s why I’m really enjoying posting about the lives of the Saints, it is such an education. ..and my goodness, what wonderful examples of Christian charity, devout faith and virtuous living!


    you are too kind – your prayers are much appreciated! Hope all is going fine for you and your husband!

  5. All is well in our neck of the woods! We are hoping to coceive a child, in fact, yesterday I started taking some medication that will help me to ovulate. We are both 46 so St. Sarah and St. Elizabeth pray for us! We have 4 boys between us but we want more.

    I pray you are well today.

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