Tuesday, April 5, 2016

April 5: St. Vincent Ferrer

St. Vincent Ferrer
by Joan de Joanes


Vincent Ferrer was a Dominican priest. At one point, there were two men who both claimed to be pope, Urban VI in Rome and Clement VII in Avignon, France. Vincent was mistakenly convinced that Clement VII was the true successor of Peter. When Clement died, and Benedict XIII took his place, Vincent worked for him, too, because they were old friends. But in time, Vincent had realized his mistake. He understood that the only way the Church could be healed was if there was repentance, so he went all over Europe preaching about this, and he was welcomed by the followers of Urban VI as well as those of Benedict XIII. Vincent tried to convince Benedict to resign, but it didn’t work. Finally, he stood before a whole assembly- including Benedict – and told everybody that Benedict was not the true pope. Even though Benedict left the country in shame, Vincent was happy to see the Church healed before he died. 


Saint Vincent Ferrer was not afraid to admit he was wrong and to try to fix his mistakes.  This is something we should all do. Make up your mind to freely admit when you are wrong and then to work to make things right again. 

Saint Vincent Ferrer, pray for us!

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