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The Great Cloud of Witnesses

St. Juniper
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M.

St. Juniper

January 29

Juniper was a Franciscan friar, received into the order by Francis himself. He established Franciscan missions in several locations. Arriving in Rome after a long journey, Juniper encountered people who had heard of his sanctity, and had come to see him. Alarmed at this reception, Juniper escaped to a nearby see-saw where he played with the children till the sight-seers decided that he was an idiot and left disgusted; he then continued to the convent. Once he cared for a sick man who craved a meal of pig's feet. Juniper captured a pig in a nearby field, cut off a foot, and cooked it for the sick man. When pig's owner found this, he angrily went to Juniper's superior. Juniper apologized so profusely, he talked the farmer into donating the pig. His feast is kept on January 29.

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