St. Louis of France

King St. Louis IX (1214-1270) reigned over France for thirty-five years. The son of Louis VIII, the younger king ascended to the throne in 1235 and shortly confirmed himself to be a simply and ready administrator. Louis was neutral and merciful in meting out justice (even forgiving nobles who rebelled in opposition to his reign). He insisted on upholding the rights of every of his topics, and generally held court docket beneath a grove of timber away from his royal residence, in order that even the lowliest peasant would be happy to strategy him.

At the age of 19, Louis married Marguerite of Provence (who was herself solely twelve). Though she was by nature smug and stressed, she was charmed by Louis’ piety and love, and so they and their ten kids had a contented household life.

King Louis sought to carry this similar concord to France. He changed trial by fight with an examination of witnesses, had written data stored on the royal court docket, and established quite a few hospitals the place he himself typically cared for lepers and the sick. With the exception of his involvement within the Crusades, France was at peace throughout his reign.

Louis led a military which in 1248 captured an Egyptian port metropolis from the Moslems, however quickly afterward the Crusaders have been defeated and Louis was taken prisoner. After being ransomed, Louis returned to France, however led one other Crusade in 1270. This was even much less profitable than the sooner effort, and Louis died of dysentery within the metropolis of Tunis. St. Louis, after whom the American metropolis in Missouri is known as, was canonized in 1297.

“Like the twigs of crops the younger are simply influenced, so long as somebody works to alter their souls.”

— From the writings of St. Joseph Calasanz

What younger particular person am I referred to as to affect, and the way can I work to nurture his or her soul right this moment?

Other Saints We Remember Today

  • St. Joseph Calasanctius (Calasanz) (1648), Priest, Founder of Piarists
  • St. Patricia (665), Virgin, Patron of Naples

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