Wednesday, July 06, 2016

St. Vincent Ferrer, has something to tell you

The following narrative from Saint Vincent Ferrer will show you what you may think about it. He relates that an archdeacon in Lyons gave up his charge and retreated into a desert place to do penance, and that he died the same day and hour as Saint Bernard. After his death, he appeared to his bishop and said to him, "Know, Monsignor, that at the very hour I passed away, thirty-three thousand people also died. Out of this number, Bernard and myself went up to heaven without delay, three went to purgatory, and all the others fell into Hell."

From St. Leonard of Port Maurice's homily on the fewness of those who are saved. 

1 comment:

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

How is the narrative from St Vincent Ferrer?

"From St. Leonard of Port Maurice's homily on the fewness of those who are saved."

So, St Vincent Ferrer quotes St Leonard or St Leonard quotes St Vincent Ferrer?

St Bernard of Clairvaux of Clairvaux lived : (1090 – 20 August 1153)
St Vincent Ferrer lived : (23 January 1350 – 5 April 1419)
St Leonard of Port Maurice : (born 20 December 1676, at Porto Maurizio on the Riviera di Ponente; died at the friary of St. Bonaventure, Rome, 26 November 1751)

In this present time, 150,000 die per day.
That means 6250 per hour.

I think there were some additions of fictional though edifying type in the exempla collections between the time of St Bernhard and that of St Leonhard. Whether before or after that of St Vincent.

If one hour 33,000 die, that is record many.

It certainly can happen, in great disasters, but it seems none such happened in 1053.