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Saint Felix of Cantalice: Nurturing Holiness in Humility

The Capuchin Franciscans, a religious order deeply rooted in the Franciscan tradition, have produced numerous saints throughout their rich history. One such saint, known for his extraordinary life of service and simplicity, is Saint Felix of Cantalice.

A Humble Beginning

In the picturesque town of Cantalice, Italy, Felix Porri was born in the year 1515. His journey towards sainthood began when he received the habit of the Capuchin Friars in 1543. Little did the world know that this unassuming man would leave an indelible mark on the city of Rome.

Forty Years of Devoted Service

For four decades, Saint Felix served as quaestor in the bustling city of Rome. His life became a testament to simplicity, innocence, and charity. In a world often overshadowed by grandeur, Felix chose to embrace humility, walking the streets of Rome with a spirit of continual prayer and humble joy.

The “Friar Deo Gratias”

Saint Felix became a familiar figure in Rome, earning the endearing nickname “Friar Deo Gratias.” This title was bestowed upon him due to his unique custom of greeting people with these words, a simple yet profound expression of gratitude. His greeting echoed the genuine thanksgiving that emanated from his heart.

A Guardian During Famine

Saint Felix’s impact extended beyond the ordinary as he became a beacon of hope during challenging times. In 1580, Rome faced a severe famine, and the city’s political leaders turned to the Capuchins for assistance. Recognizing Saint Felix’s exceptional abilities, they requested his services to collect food and provisions for the entire city. The Capuchins agreed, and Felix willingly embraced this new task.

A Saint’s Legacy

Saint Felix of Cantalice’s earthly journey concluded in 1587 in Rome, where he left a profound legacy. His extraordinary gifts from God were evident in his unwavering dedication to the service of others. His canonization process began with beatification by Urban VIII on October 1, 1625, and he was later canonized by Pope Clement XI on May 22, 1712.

Honoring Saint Felix’s Spirit

The life of Saint Felix of Cantalice stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of the Capuchin Franciscans. In humility, simplicity, and charitable service, he exemplified the essence of the Franciscan tradition. As we reflect on his journey, may we find inspiration to embrace humility and gratitude in our own lives.

Embrace the Capuchin Franciscan Way

As we delve into the inspiring life of Saint Felix of Cantalice, we witness the profound impact that Capuchin Franciscans have had on the world. The simplicity, humility, and unwavering commitment to service displayed by Saint Felix serve as a beacon, inviting us to explore the depths of Capuchin Franciscan Spirituality. If this saint’s journey resonates with your spirit and sparks a desire for a deeper understanding, consider joining our next Come and See Retreat. Immerse yourself in the values that define our brotherhood, spend a weekend experiencing the essence of being a Capuchin Franciscan Friar, and let the spirit of Saint Felix guide you on a transformative journey. Come, hang out with us for a weekend and explore the richness of Capuchin Franciscan life! Learn more here.

Sources: Franciscan Media, Catholic Online


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