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Monday, March 9, 2015
St. Frances of Rome

St. Frances of Rome (1384 - 1440) was born to wealthy parents, her mother a pious woman and her father, a strong willed man.  At the young age of 11 she wished to join religious life but her father had promised her in marriage and forced her to obey.  In those times, a father could sell his child into slavery or even order them killed (all legally).

The parties and raucous life caused Frances to collapse.  In fact, she was unable to move, walk, or speak for some time and appeared close to death.  It was through a miraculous vision that St. Alexis, who underwent a similar marriage trial appeared to her.  The saint asked Frances if she wished to die or leave.  Frances replied, "God's will is mine."  St. Alexis then replied to her, "Then you will live to glorify His Name." At that moment she was healed.

She spent a life in piety and charity.  Even with the ridicule of some of her family and admin wars and turbulent times, she remained steadfast in her Faith and charitable resolutions.  While her husband was still living, she founded an order of Oblates affiliated with the Benedictines; and when she became a widow she was elected superior of those religious women.

She died in 1440 after a holy life.


O God, among the many gifts of grace You bestowed on Your blessed servant Frances, You granted her an intimate friendship with an angel. May we be worthy of fellowship with the angels through her intercession. Through Our Lord . . .

Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal


del_button March 12, 2015 at 4:04 AM
Catholic Mission said...

She affirmed extra ecclesiam nulla salus.
SSPX 'spokesman' : Theology of Vatican Council II is in agreement with the strict interpretation of extra ecclesiam nulla salus

Vatican Council II (premise-free) agrees with the SSPX position on an ecumenism of return and non Christians needing to convert for salvation

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