Saint of the Day for October 23
(June 24, 1386 – October 23, 1456)
Saint John of Capistrano’s Story
It has been said the Christian saints are the world’s greatest optimists. Not blind to the existence and consequences of evil, they base their confidence on the power of Christ’s redemption. The power of conversion through Christ extends not only to sinful people but also to calamitous events.
Imagine being born in the 14th century. One-third of the population and nearly 40 percent of the clergy were wiped out by the bubonic plague. The Western Schism split the Church with two or three claimants to the Holy See at one time. England and France were at war. The city-states of Italy were constantly in conflict. No wonder that gloom dominated the spirit of the culture and the times.
- Franciscan Media. 2016. Saint John of Capistrano – Franciscan media. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-john-of-capistrano/. [Accessed 24 October 2016]