Saturday, April 24, 2010

Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Martyr

Mark Rey was a German lawyer. Disgusted by the greed, corruption, and lack of interest in justice by his fellow lawyers, Mark Rey abandoned the law, became a Franciscan friar and a priest. Changing his name to Fidelis, he gave away all of his worldly wealth to poor people. He was commissioned by the Church to lead a mission to the Protestants of Switzerland to convert them back to the true faith. In 1622 he was attacked by a band of Calvinists and murdered.

Father, You filled Saint Fidelis with the fire of Your love and gave Him the privilege of dying that the faith might live. Let his prayers keep us firmly grounded in Your love, and help us to come to know the power of Christ's resurrection. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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