July 8, St John of Dukla (Jan z Dukli)

July 8
SAINT JOHN of DUKLA (JAN z DUKLI), PRESBYTER
Obligatory memorial

Saint John was born in Dukla in 1414. He entered the Order of Conventual Franciscans and after his ordination he worked at various monasteries of Lesser Poland. Influenced by Saint John of Capistrano he entered the Order of Bernardines, whereby he worked most of his in Lviv as a zealous confessor and preacher. He was a great admirer of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a humble servant of men. He died in Lviv on 29 September 1484. His tomb was visited by the members of various rites. His relics have been housed in Dukla since 1974. He was canonised by Pope John Paul II in Krosno on 10 June 1997.

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OFFICE OF READINGS

SECOND READING

From the message of Saint John Paul II during the visit to the tomb of Saint John of Dukla
(“L’Osservatore Romano,” 31 May-10 June 1997, pp. 106-107)
The Man of Deep Faith

How near to us Blessed John seems in the church where his remains are preserved! I wanted so much to come here, to hear in the silence of the monastery the voice of his heart and with you to enter more deeply into the mystery of his life and holiness. And it was a life offered completely to God. It began in the nearby hermitage. It was precisely there, in silence and in spiritual struggles, that “God seized him”, so that from that moment on they remained together to the end. Among these mountains he learnt ardent prayer and how to live the mysteries of God. Slowly his faith grew even stronger and his love became ever more alive, later to bear salvific fruits no longer in solitude, in the hermitage, but within the walls of the Conventual Franciscan monastery, and then with the Bernardine Fathers, where he spent the last part of his life.

Blessed John earned fame as a wise preacher and zealous confessor. There crowded round him people hungry for sound doctrine of God, to hear his preaching or, at the confessional grill, to seek comfort and counsel. He became famous as a guide of souls and prudent adviser of many. The written accounts say that despite old age and his loss of sight he continued to work, and asked to have his sermons read for him, so as to be able to go on. He would grope his way to the confessional so as to be able to convert people and lead them to God.

The holiness of Blessed John sprang from his deep faith. His entire life and his apostolic zeal, his love of prayer and of the Church, all this was founded on faith. It was his source of strength, thanks to which he was able to refuse everything that was material and temporal in order to devote himself to what was of God and the spirit.

Brothers and Sisters, visit this place often! It is the great treasure of this land, because here the Spirit of God speaks to people’s hearts through the mediation of your fellow holy countryman. He says that personal, family and social life must be built on faith in Jesus Christ. For faith gives meaning to all our efforts. It helps to discover the true good, gives a correct ordering of values, and permeates the whole of life. With what great precision all this is expressed in the Letter of the Apostle Saint John: “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith.”

RESPONSORY 1 Thessalonians 2:8, Galatians 4:19

With such affection for you, we were determined to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our very selves as well,
So dearly beloved had you become to us.

My children, for whom I am again in labor until Christ be formed in you!
So dearly beloved had you become to us.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

O God,
you gave virtues of great humility and patience to Saint John of Dukla, presbyter,
grant that we, following his example, may receive similar reward.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Congregatio de Cultu Divino et Disciplina Sacramentorum. Probatum seu confirmatum, die 16 februarii 1999, Prot. N. 434/99/L.

 

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