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devoted to the heroic & miraculous life of the “Cheerful
Ascetic,” Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R. (1819-1867).
We hope that you will be inspired by this Redemptorist priest, who
was beatified by Pope John Paul II in the Solemn Jubilee Year 2000.
Father Seelos possessed great mystical gifts due to his intense prayer
life. His dedication to ministry with cheerful holiness makes him
still an outstanding model for clergy, religious and laity alike.
As an itinerant preacher and lifelong friend of the poor and destitute,
Seelos was a spiritual father to tens of thousands. Despite his early
death at age 48, so profound was his missionary zeal that sickness,
persecution, and even the upheaval caused by a civil war could not
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