St. John Cantius (John of Kanty)

St. John Cantius was a priest of the diocese of Cracow, Poland and a professor of philosophy and Sacred Scripture of the university there. He was highly esteemed not only for his scholarship, but for his personal holiness which endeared him to the entire university community. His humble and mortified life also endeared him to the largely forgotten poor, to whom he manifested great love and respect. He exhorted his students and fellow professors as well to fight error but not persons, saying that roughness would only discredit the message of the truth. One of Poland's patron saints, he died in 1473.

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St. Yvo of Chartres (1115), Bishop

St. Servelus (590), Beggar

Lessons

Truth speaks for itself. Error is revealed and overcome by truth.  Those who reject truth are attempting either to hide or to justify something. Don't get lured into useless arguments, but "always be ready with an answer for those who ask you to explain this hope that is within you. But do it with gentleness and respect" (1 Pt 3:15).

Prayer

O Lord, you who are the way, the truth and the life, through the intercession of St. John Cantius, help us always to love and to show forth the light of your truth to any who come seeking, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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