August 25

Today the Church commemorates Saint Louis IX (1214-1270), King of France (1226-1270), model medieval Catholic ruler, father of 11 children, built Sainte Chapelle in Paris, died in Tunis while on the Second Crusade.

“O God, who brought Saint Louis from the cares of earthly rule to the glory of a heavenly realm, grant, we pray, through his intercession, that, by fulfilling our duties on earth, we may seek our your eternal Kingdom.”

Also commemorated today is Saint Joseph Calasanz (1557-1648), aragonese priest, founder of the Clerks Regular of Religious Schools (Piarists) dedicated to educating poor children, patron of all Christian schools for the poor.

“O God, who adorned the Priest Saint Joseph Calasanz with such charity and patience that he labored tirelessly to educate children and endow them with every virtue, grant, we pray, that we, who venerate him as a teacher of wisdom, may constantly imitate him, for he was a co-worker of your truth.”