Friday, December 23, 2005
St. John of Kanty

"Fight all error, but do it with good humor, patience, kindness, and love. Harshness will damage your own soul and spoil the best cause." (Saint John of Kanty)

Double (1955 Calendar): October 20
Optional Memorial (1969 Calendar): December 23

Today the Church remembers St. John of Kanty, also called St. John Cantius.

St. John Kanty (June 23, 1390 - December 24, 1473) was born in Kanty, Silesia, Poland. He became a priest and professor of theology at the University of Cracow although he greatly feared the responsibility. But, he took the responsibility seriously and soon won over the hearts of his parishioners.

St. John of Kanty kept only enough money and clothes on him to support him while all the rest was available to anyone that needed help. He ate sparingly, took in no meat, and slept little. When he did sleep, he slept on the floor. During his life, he made four trips to Rome and one trip to Jerusalem hoping to be martyred.

He died on December 24, 1473, in Cracow of natural causes. Soon afterward, he was declared patron of Poland and Lithuania in 1737 by Pope Clement XII.


Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that by the example of St. John, Thy Confessor we may make progress in the science of the Saints, and by showing mercy to others may obtain through his merits forgiveness from Thee. Through our Lord.

Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal


del_button December 23, 2006 at 2:22 PM
Anonymous said...

Canons regular of St. John Cantius... awesome order! They are cheerful, happy, and enthusiastic men! Such an inspiration!

del_button November 1, 2008 at 12:04 PM
Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for putting this up because I'm doing a project and this is so helpful!!!!

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