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St. John of Kanty

1390-1473

PATRONAGE: Poland; Lithuania; Jagiellonian University

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St. John of Kanty

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PATRON OF Poland; Lithuania; Jagiellonian University

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Saint John of Kanty was a beloved priest in Kraków, Poland, where he taught Scripture. A simple, humble man, Saint John was often taken advantage of, but maintained his generous attitude to those in need. He died on Christmas Eve of 1473.

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In heart and speech he was attuned to God

From a Letter by Pope Clement XIII
St. John of Kanty deserves a high place among the great saints and scholars who practice what they preach and defend the true faith against those who attack it. When heresy and schism were gaining ground in neighboring territories, his teaching at the University of Krakow was untainted by any error. At the pulpit he fought to raise the standard of holiness among the faithful, and his preaching was reinforced by his humility, his chastity, his sympathy, his bodily penance, and the other qualities of a dedicated priest and Emissary.
He was a unique contribution to the reputation and credit of the professors of the university; he also bequeathed a wonderful example to those of his profession, an inspiration of complete dedication to duty and to their teaching–in theology and other sciences–for the honor and glory of the one God.
With the sense of worship that he brought to his teaching of the sacred sciences, he combined humility. He never put himself above anyone else, and treated himself as not mattering, even though he was acknowledged by everyone as their master. He was so far from pretenses that he even wished to be an object of contempt in the eyes of everyone who underestimated his worth. He could take their insults and cutting remarks in stride.
With his humility went a rare and childlike simplicity; the thoughts of his heart were revealed in his words and actions. If he suspected that someone had felt insulted by his speaking the truth, before going to the altar, he would ask forgiveness for what was not so much his own sin as the other person’s misunderstanding. Every day after his round of duties, he would go straight from the lecture room to church, where he would spend long hours in contemplation and prayer before the hidden Prince of the eucharist. The God in his heart and the God on his lips were one and the same God.

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John is the patron of Poland

John Cantius, born in 1390, grew up in Poland and became a priest and teacher at the University of Krakow. He was a serious man and a good teacher. He ate no meat, slept on the floor, and rested little. Though John was hard on himself, he was patient and kind to his students, who loved him in return. Some jealous faculty members, however, had him removed. John was sent to do parish work, but he was not acquainted with such duties. Although the people liked him for his generous and energetic spirit, John was not successful as a parish priest.
John returned to the university to teach Scripture. The material he taught was not remembered as much as his holiness. He was known everywhere for his humility and spontaneous generosity. He gave everything to people who were poor and kept only the clothes he most needed. Four times he made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, carrying his luggage on his back. When John died at age 83, people had already claimed him as a saint. He is the patron of Poland and Lithuania.

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