Saint Colette (1381-1447) was the daughter of a carpenter named DeBoilet at Corby Abbey in Picardy, France.  Orphaned at seventeen, she distributed her inheritance to the poor. She became a Franciscan tertiary, and lived at Corby as a solitary.

She had visions in which Saint Francis of Assisi ordered her to restore the Rule of Saint Clare to its original severity. When she hesitated, she was struck blind for three days and mute for three more; she saw this as a sign to take action.

Colette tried to follow her mission by explaining it, but had no success. Realizing she needed more authority behind her words, she walked to Nice, France, barefoot and clothed in a habit of patches, to meet Peter de Luna, acknowledged by the French as the schismatic Pope Benedict XIII. He professed her a Poor Clare, and was so impressed that he made her superioress of all convents of Minoresses that she might reform or found, and a missioner to Franciscan friars and tertiaries.

She travelled from convent to convent, meeting opposition, abuse, slander, and was even accused of sorcery. Eventually she made some progress, especially in Savoy, where her reform gained sympathizers and recruits. This reform passed to Burgundy in France, Flanders in Belgium and Spain.

Colette helped Saint Vincent Ferrer heal the papal schism. She founded seventeen convents; one branch of the Poor Clares is still known as the Colettines.

She was known for a deep devotion to Christ’s Passion with an appreciation and care for animals. Colette fasted every Friday, meditating on the Passion. After receiving Holy Communion, she would fall into ecstasies for hours. She foretold the date of her own death.

For the convents reformed by her she prescribed extreme poverty, to go barefooted, and the observance of perpetual fast and abstinence. The Colettine Sisters are found today, outside of France, in Belgium, Germany, Spain, England, and the United States. St. Colette was beatified 23 January, 1740, and canonized 24 May, 1807.

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    Please pray for my family and my pets. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

  2. For the conversion of sinners especially my five children, I humbly pray; also the family, friends and all souls in Purgatory. Prayers for discernment, patience, and wisdom to do God’s Will.

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  5. I was baptized in a church named after her! Please pray for me to be strong and brave like her while listening and doing what God wants.

  6. Saint Collette, we ask our online prayers to help us in our daily suffering in this life we face each day. Please help all the poor, those that have no work to feed their families. The children that have no one to take care of them. Please pray for my family and loved ones that departed from the life to have everlasting joy in your kingdom. Lord graciously hear my prayers. Help the abuse and addicted people, send your holy spirit to fill them so that they can turn to you for help. AMEN.

  7. Praying for all members. Me too. Its been a hard week recovering from belly surgery for an 81 year old, but I have faith, and trust God’s will. Family and friends also. Happy Feast Day all Collette’s.


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