Saint Salvator of Horta
by americancatholic.org | Source: americancatholic.org
A reputation for holiness does have some drawbacks. Public recognition can
be a nuisance at times—as the confreres of Salvator found out.
Salvator was born during
Spain's Golden Age. Art, politics and wealth were flourishing. So was religion. Ignatius of Loyola
founded the Society of Jesus in 1540.
Salvator's parents were poor. At the
age of 21 he entered the Franciscans as a brother and was soon known for his asceticism, humility
As cook, porter and later the official beggar for the friars in Tortosa, he became well known
for his charity. He healed the sick with the Sign of the Cross. When crowds of sick people began
coming to the friary to see Salvator, the friars transferred him to Horta. Again the sick flocked to
ask his intercession; one person estimated that two thousand people a week came to see Salvator. He
told them to examine their consciences, to go to confession and to receive Holy Communion worthily.
He refused to pray for those who would not receive those sacraments.
The public attention given
to Salvator was relentless. The crowds would sometimes tear off pieces of his habit as relics. Two
years before his death, Salvator was moved again, this time to Cagliari on the island of Sardinia.
He died at Cagliari saying, "Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit." He was canonized in
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