Didacus

Saint Didacus (Diego de Alcalá) is depicted in this oil painting by Francisco de Zurbarán, completed in 1653.

Didacus is living proof that God “chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.”

As a young man, Didacus joined the Secular Franciscan Order and lived for some time as a hermit. After he became a Franciscan brother, he developed a reputation for great insight into God’s ways. His penances were heroic. He was so generous with the poor that the friars sometimes grew uneasy about his charity. Didacus pursued a life of contemplation full-time. He showed the friars the wisdom of God’s ways.

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