We are already aware that Lady Jacoba had two sons Giacomo (#_ftn1) (James) and Giovanni (John). Thomas of Celano, writing The Treatise on the Miracles of Saint Francis between 1250-1252 mentions only Giovanni as swearing that he saw the sacred stigmata of Saint Francis. (#_ftn2) Lady Jaco ..
It was only six months after the death of the Saint Francis that Cardinal Hugolino, his friend, was elected Pope on the 19th of March 1227 and took the name Pope Gregory IX. The body of Saint Francis’ had been temporarily laid to rest in the Church of Saint George in Assisi. Brother Elias, ..
In the last days of Saint Francis’ life, the arrival of Lady Jacoba dei Settesoli, from Rome was anything but quiet. She arrived at the Portiuncula Friary, “with a very large retinue as befitted such a great lady … there was a very great clamour outside the door, caused by the horses and ..
I am quite well aware that there are some of our Secular Franciscans, who will say that this is not a Spiritual Message and not the place to deal with such matters, but to separate morality from spirituality is to live in a fantasy world. We are asked to live in the real world and are called to ..
Thomas of Celano tells us in his Treatise on the Miracles the same story as we have heard before, but with his usual flare he gives Lady Jacoba and her son all the respect of their nobility. But he also gives us something new in Number 39 that we certainly do not find in the previous document ..
Saint Francis would move from San Damiano to the Episcopal Palace of his friend and spiritual father, Bishop Guido of Assisi. While he is there, both the Bishop and the Mayor of Assisi realise that Saint Francis had only months to live. The situation became charged with emotion; everyone began t ..
In September of 1224, Saint Francis spent a forty-day fast on Mount La Verna with Br Leo. He was honouring the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Michael the Archangel. There on the mountain of La Verna we are told that he was meditating on the passion of the Lord and this meditation was enhanced ..
Tradition holds that during Saint Dominic’s second visit to Rome, in 1216, he met Francis of Assisi in one of the churches there. Both were negotiating with the Holy See through their mutual patron, Cardinal Hugolino, later Pope Gregory IX, to obtain papal confirmation of their respective orders ..
The Canons of the Fourth Lateran Council give us a particular window on the world of Lady Jacoba. The Eucharist becomes a focus of attention again Canon 19:“We do not wish to leave uncorrected the practice of certain clerics who convert the churches into storehouses for their own household goods ..
On April 19th 1213, Pope Innocent III, in a Papal Bull titled Veniam Domine Sabaoth (#_ftn1)sent out his initial call for the Fourth Lateran Council, to be held in Rome. However, it took 2 years for all the Fathers of the Council to gather in Rome. By then Pope Innocent III, a Canon Lawyer wo ..
Lady Jacoba’s husband Graziano died in either 1212 or 1217. This timeline shows a rather dramatic divergence of opinion. It seems we do not know exactly when he died. The sources speak of a long widowhood for Lady Jacoba, so perhaps 1212 would be the best choice. Also, the sources are silent on ..
May the Lord give you peace. This MAY Monthly Spiritual Message focus is on Saint Francis’ “Exhortation to the Brothers and Sisters of Penance.” It is a vitally important document written by Saint Francis, most probably before the Lateran Council of 1215. Saint Francis was writing to those ..
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