ST. PETER REGALATI, C.
THIS saint was descended of a noble family, and
having lost his father in his infancy, in the thirteenth year of his
age, he extorted with great difficulty his mother’s consent to
enter himself in the Franciscan friars at Valladolid, of which city
he was a native. By his extraordinary fervor he was distinguished
among his brethren. When F. Peter Villacretios, who had established a
rigorous reformation of his order at Aquileria, in the diocese of
Osma, founded a second retired convent, more like a prison than a
house, at Tribulos on the Deuro, near Aquileria, our saint, at his
earnest request, was admitted one of this colony. By the austerity of
his penance, his assiduity in contemplation, and the sublime gift of
prayer with which he was endowed, he seems to have equalled the most
eminent saints of his order. The sufferings of our divine Redeemer
were the principal entertainment of his soul, and he lived in a
constant union with God. Upon the death of F. Villacretios he
succeeded him in the government of his reformed congregation, and
died at Aquileria on the 30th of March, in the sixty-sixth year of
his age, of our Lord 1456. He was canonized by Benedict XIV. in 1746,
and his name is placed in the Roman Martyrology or the 13th of May,
the day of the translation of his relics. On his extraordinary
raptures, miracles, and heroic virtues, see the process and bull of
his canonization, pp. 73, 121, and 544. Also the relations made in
the tribunal of the Rota, published by Benedict XIV., de Canoniz.1.
2, Append. 7, t. 2 p. 629, ad p. 672, and his life compiled by F.
Daza, a Spanish Franciscan published by Henschenius on the 30th of
March, t. 3, Mart. p. 853.