St. Vincent Ferrer

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St. Vincent Ferrer
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This great Dominican of the Fourteenth Century (died 1419), calling himself “the Angel of the Judgment” when two or more aspirants claimed the papal throne, brought back to repentance by his powerful preaching and miracles, a great multitude of the faithful. At first he favored the anti-pope, Benedict XIII, to whom his was confessor, but later realizing the claim of the ambitious Spaniard to be indefensible, he left him and foretold that the skull of the anti-pope would be tossed about the street by children as a plaything. This came to pass in 1811, when the French occupied the castle of Illucca and cast the corpse of the anti-pope buried there out the window. He celebrated a sung Mass every morning early, imitating the manner of its institution by Our Divine Savior in the room of the Last Supper.

(Source: Fr. Lasance, The New Roman Missal)