Blessed Jacopone da Todi
Saint of the Day for December 22
Italy – feast on 16th December
While there are many later stories about this extraordinary saint, there is little we can be sure of. He was born into the high-ranking Benedetti family of northern Italian city of Todi and baptized Jacomo (James). He became a wealthy lawyer – perhaps not always honest – and married a young noblewoman. One account says her name was Vanna, and that she was crushed to death in an accident. When Jacomo came to her side he discovered that she was wearing a hair-shirt under her fine robes, doing penance for his own greed and worldliness. [continue]1
(Properly called JACOPO BENEDICTI or BENEDETTI).
Franciscan poet, born at Todi in the first half of the thirteenth century; died at Collazzone about 1306. Very little is known with certainty about the life of this extraordinary man. Although the oldest lives go back only to the fifteenth century, yet a few earlier records exist. The oldest and most authentic document we have is Jacopone’s signature to the manifesto of Cardinals Jacopo and Pietro Colonna against Boniface VIII, dated Lunghezza (between Rome and Tivoli), 10 May, 1297. [See text in “Archiv für Litteratur and Kirchengesch.”, V (1889), 509 sq.] Angelo Clareno in his “Chronica septem Tribulationum”, written about 1323 [“Archiv f. Litt. u. Kirchengesch.”, II (1886), 308; Döllinger, “Beitrage zur Sektengesch.”, II (Munich, 1890), 492], mentions Jacobus Tudertus among those spiritual friars who, in 1294, sent a deputation to Celestine V, to ask permission to live separate from the other friars and observe the Franciscan Rule in its perfection — a request which was granted. The next reference to the poet is found in Alvarus Pelagius’s “De Planctu Ecclesiae”, written principally in 1330; he quotes two of Jacopone’s sayings (lib. II, cc. lxxiii and lxxvi; ed. Venice, 1560, f. 196 r b, and f. 204 r b), and calls him a perfect Friar Minor. This passage occurs also in “Chronica XXIV generalium” (“Analecta Franciscana”, III, Quaracchi, 1897, 460), which was compiled in great part before 1369 and completed in 1374. About 1335 the “Catalogus sanctorum Fratrum Minorum” (in “Speculum Vitae beati Francisci et Sociorum eius”, Venice, 1504, f. 200 r; cf. the separate reprint of the “Catalogus” by Lemmens, Rome, 1903, 9) uses even more emphatic words of praise.[continues]
Quotes of Blessed Jacopone Todi 2
|“What happens to the drop of wine
That you pour into the sea?
Does it remain itself, unchanged?
It is as if it never existed.
So it is with the soul: Love drinks it in,
It is united with Truth,
Its old nature fades away,
It is no longer master of itself.
The soul wills and yet does not will:
“O Love, divine Love, why do You lay siege to me?
1.16 December: Blessed Jacopone da Todi | UCAN Spirituality . 2016. 16 December: Blessed Jacopone da Todi | UCAN Spirituality . [ONLINE] Available at: http://spirituality.ucanews.com/2016/12/16/16-december-blessed-jacopone-da-todi/. [Accessed 23 December 2016].
2.Jacopone da Todi Quotes (Author of Jacopone Da Todi) . 2016. Jacopone da Todi Quotes (Author of Jacopone Da Todi) . [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/1152130.Jacopone_da_Todi. [Accessed 23 December 2016].
Another Life: CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Jacopone Da Todi. 2016. CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Jacopone Da Todi. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08263a.htm. [Accessed 23 December 2016].