Monday, March 06, 2006


Colette was the daughter of a carpenter named DeBoilet at Corby Abbey in Picardy, France. She was born on January 13, christened Nicolette, and called Colette. Orphaned at seventeen, she distributed her inheritance to the poor. She became a Franciscan tertiary, and lived at Corby as a solitary.

She soon became well known for her holiness and spiritual wisdom, but left her cell in 1406 in response to a dream directing her to reform the Poor Clares. She received the Poor Clares habit from Peter de Luna, whom the French recognized as Pope under the name of Benedict XIII, with orders to reform the Order and appointing her Superior of all convents she reformed. Despite great opposition, she persisted in her efforts.

She founded seventeen convents with the reformed rule and reformed several older convents. She was reknowned for her sanctity, ecstacies, and visions of the Passion, and prophesied her own death in her convent at Ghent, Belgium. A branch of the Poor Clares is still known as the Collettines. She was canonized in 1807. Her feast day is March 6th.

We praise you, Almighty God, for those like Your servant Collette,
whom You have sent to call the Church to its true work and to renew its life;
Raise up on our day, we pray, men and women whose voice will
give strength to Your people and proclaim the reality of Your ways... Amen.

A collect for March 6, from The Book of Common Prayer


gavin richardson said...

can you cannonize a whole blogging community.. or atleast those who are calling the church back into it's mission?

St.Phransus said...

funny you say that gavo, i prayed this prayer for my morning prayer time, and i didn't see the words the same way as when i just blogged them.

when i blogged them i read words that speaks to our community of metho-bloggers. hmmm.


daniel greeson said...

hmm indeed

Anonymous said...

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