|August 25th - Feast of St. Louis, King of France
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|Author:||Katie [ Sat Aug 25, 2012 12:52 pm ]|
|Post subject:||August 25th - Feast of St. Louis, King of France|
Louis IX, king of France, having lost his father when he was only twelve years old, was educated in a most holy manner by his mother Blanche. When he had reigned for twenty year he fell ill !and it was then he conceived the idea of regaining possession of .Jerusalem. On his recovery therefore he received the great standard from the bishop of Paris and crossed the sea with a large army. In a first engagement he repulsed the Saracens; but a great number of his men being struck down by pestilence, he was conquered and made prisoner.
A treaty was then made with the Saracens, and the king and his army were set at liberty. Louis spent five years in the east. He delivered many Christian captives, converted many of the infidels to the faith of Christ, and also rebuilt several Christian towns out of his own resources. Meanwhile his mother died, and on this account he was obliged to return home, where he devoted himself entirely to good works
He built many monasteries and hospitals for the poor he assisted those in need and frequently visited the sick, supplying all their necessities at his own expense and even serving them with his own hands. He dressed in a simple milliner and subdued his body by continual fasting and wearing a hair-cloth. He crossed over to Africa a second time to fight with the Saracens, and had pitched his camp in sight of them when he was struck down by a pestilence and died while saying this prayer: 'I will come into thy house; I will worship towards thy holy temple and I will confess to thy name.' His body was afterwards translated to Paris and is honorably preserved in the celebrated church of St. Denis; but the head is in the :-Sainte-Chapelle. He was celebrated for miracles, and Pope Boniface VIn enrolled his name among the saints.
Taken from Dom Gueranger's Liturgical Year
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