Saturday, January 14, 2006
Servant of God John the Gardner

Today in the liturgical calendar, we remember Servant of God John the Gardner. He was born in Portugal and was soon left orphaned. He spent time going door to door begging for anything, and he soon took a job as a shepherd. John shared the little money he earned with those needier than himself.

On one occasion two Franciscans encountered him on their journey and invited John back with them to their friary in Salamanca. At the frairy, he assisted the Franciscans in gardnering and soon entered the Franciscan Order as well. He lived a life of prayer and meditation with the Gift of Prophecy and the ability to read other's hearts. Even the rich princes from afar came to him for advice, and John always spoke of forgiving others.

He predicted his own death - January 11, 1501

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