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St. John Cantius filled his life with good works as an expression of the exhortation given by St. James in his epistle: “So it is with the faith that does nothing in practice. It is thoroughly lifeless.” (Jas 2, 17)

In his writings St. John Cantius defended the truths of the faith and for this was maliciously attacked by the Hussites.

063a st john cantius 6With every day, St. John Cantius followed the words of Christ, “Then go and do the same” (Lk 10, 37) by performing works of love and mercy.

“He did not only read and study much but he discussed every question with the Lord-on his knees-for he strove to look at life’s issues from God’s perspective.”

St. John Cantius spent much time in St. Anne’s Church in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.

St. John Cantius didn’t separate piety from academics or religious life from teaching.

St. John Cantius lived a strict and pious life.

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Devotion to the Blessed Virgin played a special role in St. John Cantius’s life. At the end of each completed manuscript he noted his thanks to God and to His Blessed Mother.

St. John Cantius had great devotion to the Blessed Mother and the Lord’s Passion (the day of both his birth and death was Friday).

St. John Cantius linked his devotion to the Lord’s Passion with various penances and mortifications.

St. John Cantius didn’t evade work and treated none of it with disdain.

St. John Cantius was particularly known for his truthfulness and great delicacy in speaking.

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St. John Cantius was a model of someone who controled his tongue.

St. John Cantius spoke the truth even in cases when it exposed him to great trouble. In this he reflected on the words of Christ: “Say ‘Yes’ when you mean ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ when you mean ‘No’. Anything beyond that is from the evil one.” (Mt 5, 37)

St. John Cantius had great compassion for the poor and downtrodden, and did much to help them. He opened his heart wide for them.

St. John Cantius had a particular love for students who were so often in need.

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In the sphere of material goods, one can see in St. John Cantius a Franciscan radicalism in his interpretation of the Gospel. His style of life and residence in the Collegium Maius reminded one more of an austere monastic life rather than that of a professor.

“St. John Cantius lived in times of enormous tension and rather complex change, that was felt in almost all aspects of life in the West,…”

St. John Cantius was a scholar who drew his wisdom from continual communion with God. He rooted his thought in Him.

Jesuits consider St. John Cantius the patron of philosophers.

St. John Cantius is considered the patron of professors and teachers, students, priests, and pilgrims. (From the Litany to St. John Cantius)

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The images on this page are of St. Anne Church in Krakow, where St. John Cantius adored Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and regularly celebrated the Sacraments. The Confessio of St. John Cantius is in St. Anne Church in Krakow, where his relics are venerated.



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