May 11

St. Ignatius of Laconi

St. Ignatius of Laconi

St Ignatius was born Vincenzo Peis on the 10th of December 1701 and hedied on the 11th of May 1781 at the age of 79. He was a Roman CatholicBrother from the order of friars and he was born in Sardinia to a familyof seven children. His parents were poor and he was the second child. Hewas baptized as Francesco Ignazio Vincenzo

From a young age he was known for being prayerful and he would stand infront of church doors every morning praying whilst waiting for thechurch to open.

The Call to Duty

At one point he conquered a serious illness when he was working in thefields at the age of seventeen and this prompted him to dedicate hislife to God and hence he entered the religious life though not as apriest.

He however did not join the order of Friars Minor Capuchin as soon as hegot well because his father convinced him to wait as the father wasanxious since he depended on St Ignatious to help in the fields.

In 1721 the horse he was riding panicked and he was almost thrown offbut he called upon the assistance of Francis of Assisi and renewed hisvow that he had made during the initial illness. This time his parentsgave him the blessing and he joined the order.

He was admitted at the convent in Cagliari as per his request only aftera friend had interceded for him because the superiors there werehesitant because of his health. He then made his profession on November10, 1722.

He attended the spiritual exercises and excelled. From 1722 up until1737 he worked at the house’s weaving shed and his duties involvedmanual work and from 1737 onwards he was an alms beggar and he assumedthat role for forty years.

He was later appointed as the quester of alms based on his modestconduct and humility. He maintained good relationships with people asthey realized that as he was begging for alms, he was also spirituallygiving back to them. Because of the love people had for him, even thosewho had barely enough for themselves would also give him.

He was a notable figure just based on how he conducted himself with suchmeekness and his life was a quite sermon. He rarely spoke and when hedid, it was with great affection.

He also instructed the children and the uneducated that he came across.He is also said to have been strict and displayed total obedience to hissuperiors at all costs. Notably is on how his sister often wrote to himasking him to visit her and he had no intention of honoring that butwhen his superiors ordered him, he visited her.

St Ignatius had a humble demeanor and had huge concern for the poor andhe mingled with all the people he met. He was also generous towards theill and he went out to comfort the sick and urged the sinners toconvert.

Even though he had poor health and other infirmities, he continued towork even though it seemed difficult. He lost his eyesight in 1779 buthe continued fo the benefit of those around him.

His Legacy

St Ignatius became known as a wonder worker

St Ignatius was beatified on 16 June 1940 and he was canonized in 1951and his remains were entered in Cagliari.

There are two miracles attributed to him that occurred after his death.

St Ignatius is known as the Patron saint for beggars and students.

On 11 may 2014 a statue dedicated to him was unveiled in Sestu.

5 Interesting Facts About St. Ignatius of Laconi

  1. It is claimed that he performed 121 miracles during his life
  2. His grave became a place where miracles flourished
  3. St Ignatius’ body is still incorrupt
  4. St Ignatius was born of a difficult pregnancy such that his mother
    received the intercession of Francis of Assisi
  5. During childhood he referred to the church as his home.

Prayer to St. Ignatius of Laconi

O God, who led Saint Ignatius to the height of holiness along paths ofhumility, innocence and charity toward others, grant that, by imitatinghis virtues, we may put charity on earth into practice, in deeds and intruth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reignswith you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.Amen.