+ John was born in Kanty in the diocese of Krakow, Poland.
+ After completing a doctorate in philosophy, he was ordained a priest and began to teach at the academy of Krakow. He would go on to complete a doctorate in theology served as director of the theology department. In addition to his work in theology, he also made contributions to the study of physics.
+ John became known for his compassion for the poor, especially poor students at the university.
+ Saint John of Kanty died on Christmas Eve 1473 and was canonized in 1767. He is honored as one of the patron saints of Poland.
For prayer and reflection
O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people, come and set us free, Lord our God.—Magnificat Antiphon for December 24
On December 23, we also remember the Roman martyr Victoria. She was killed for her fidelity to Christ in 250.
Almighty ever-living God,
as we see how the Nativity of your Son
according to the flesh draws near,
we pray that to us, your unworthy servants,
mercy may flow from your Word,
who chose to become flesh of the Virgin Mary
and establish among us his dwelling,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Collect of the Mass of December 23)
Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.