Simon of Cascia
|Simon of Cascia|
Simon of Cascia and Rita of Cascia (Madonna of liberation), by Pier Paolo Agabiti
|Died||2 February 1348
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church|
|Beatified||1833 by Pope Gregory XVI|
Blessed Simon of Cascia (or Simeone Fidati) (c. 1295–1348) was an ascetic and preacher from Cascia, Italy. In his early days, he was influenced by the Spiritual Franciscan Angelo Clareno da Cingoli. He is commemorated on February 16.
Life and career
Simon was born in Cascia, Italy, around 1295, of the distinguished Fidati family. His initial studies were in the natural sciences, which he later gave up for theology and scripture. He entered the Order of Augustinian Hermits at about the age of twenty. He began his preaching ministry in 1318, and was renowned as a brilliant preacher in places such as Perugia, Bologna, Siena, and Florence. His model of austerity and strict penances brought him more followers. He was a gifted spiritual advisor and confessor and, spent many nights writing letters to those seeking his guidance.
His desire for a spiritual life of study, prayer and solitude caused him to reject all episcopal appointments. He often sought council from the Benedictine Camaldolese monk, Bl Silvester of Valdiseve.
He wrote in both Latin and vernacular Italian. The origin and influence of his writings have sparked some debate among scholars, both literary and theological. His most significant writing, The Works of Our Savior (De Gestis Domini Salvatoris), was read widely during the Middle Ages, and is believed to have influenced the 16th century reformer Martin Luther.
He also worked to reform those involved in prostitution, converting many and founding a "house of penance" for them.  In Florence, he founded a woman's convent, and a refuge for unmarried mothers.
- De gestis Christis
- Expositio super evangelia
- De beata Virgine
- De cognitione peccati
- Expositio symboli
- De speculo crucis
- De conflictu christiano
- De vita christiana
- De doctrina christiana
- "Blessed Simon of Cascia, priest", Order of St. Augustine
- "Simon Fidati da Cascia", Ökumenisches Heiligenlexikon
- Kelly, Blanche Mary. "Bl. Simon of Cascia." The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 13. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912. 20 November 2015
- Life of Simon of Cascia (Augustinians of the Midwest)
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