Saturday, March 29, 2003

A Day Late

Yesterday, 28 March, was the feast of St. John of Capistrano in the traditional Roman rite. St. John had a successful career as a lawyer and as governor of Perugia. He gave it all up and became an Observant Franciscan and eventually an extremely popular preacher. He was at one time commissary general of the Order and again papal legate to Milan, Burgundy, and to the emperor. Toward the end of his life he was a leading spirit in the assembling of a crusade against the Moslems for the relief of Hungary. When the crusade was actually in operation John accompanied the famous Hunyady throughout the campaign: he was present at the battle of Belgrade, and led the left wing of the Christian army against the Turks. A precis of his life can be found here.