St. Louis IX

King, Confessor

Feast Day - August 25

Louis IX, King of France, was brought up in a very holy way by his mother, Blanche. To regain possession of Jerusalem, he crossed the sea with a great army and put the Saracens to flight in the first battle. But, when a great many of his soldiers had perished in the plague, he was conquered and taken captive. Upon conclusion of a treaty, he was set free. He redeemed many Christians in the East from enslavement to the barbarians and also converted many infidels to the faith of Christ.

Returning to France, he built many monasteries and hospitals for the poor. He helped the needy by his beneficence, and he often visited the sick and served them himself. He wore plain clothing and constantly afflicted his body by wearing a hair shirt and by fasting. When he had crossed the sea again to make war against the Saracens and had pitched camp in sight of them, he died of the plague, saying this prayer, “I will enter Your house, I will worship at Your holy temple and give thanks to Your name.”

Taken from The Hours of the Divine Office in English and Latin, Vol. III: August to Advent (Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 1963), p. 1476.