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Saint Diadacus


Didacus (also called Diego) was a Spaniard, born of poor folk, about the year 1400, at the little town of San-Nicolas-del-Porto, in the diocese of Seville. In childhood he stayed with a godly priest who lived as a hermit at a lonely church outside the town, and there he served his apprenticeship in the more holy life. Fain to be utterly God's own, he afterwards made his profession as a lay brother in the Convent of the Friars Minor, at Arizafa. There he cheerfully bore the yoke of the lowliest obedience and strictest observance. Much given to contemplation, a wonderful light from God shone in him, so that, though untaught, he could speak of heavenly things strangely and, as it were, supernaturally.

In the Canary Islands, where he was Guardian of the brethren of his Order, he underwent much, earnestly willing to be a martyr, and by his word and ensample brought many unbelievers to Christ. In the time of Pope Nicolas V, he came to Rome to tend the sick in the Convent of Ara Coeli. This work he did with such love that, in spite of a famine, the sufferers were scarcely conscious of any lack. And so much of a burning and shining light of faith was he that he was believed to possess the gift of healing.

He was at Alcala when he understood that the end of his life was at hand. Clothed in a ragged, cast-away habit, he fixed his eye on the Cross, and said with extraordinary earnestness: Sweet the nails and sweet the iron, sweet the Weight that hung on thee: and so gave up his soul to God upon the 13th day of November, in the year of our Lord 1463. Famous for many and great miracles, the Franciscan Pope, Sixtus V, enrolled him in the number of the Saints in 1588.


ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who of thy wondrous providence dost choose the weak things of the world to confound those things that are strong: mercifully grant to us thy humble servants; that, by the devout prayers of thy blessed Confessor Saint Didacus, we may be found worthy to be exalted to everlasting glory in heaven. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Anglican Breviary, Frank Gavin Liturgical Foundation, Inc., New York, 1955, pages 1561-1562

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