Saint March 9 : St. Frances of Rome a Mystic who Could See her Guardian Angel and Patron of Benedictine Oblates; Automobile Drivers
March 9, 1440, Rome
Santa Francesca Romana Church, Romea
Patron of: (See prayer at bottom of post)
Benedictine oblates; automobile drivers
MYSTIC AND BENEFACTOR OF THE SICK AND POOR
On the death of her husband (1436) she retired among her oblates at Tor di Specchi, seeking admission for charity's sake, and was made superior. On the occasion of a visit to her son, she fell ill and died on the day she had foretold. Her canonization was preceded by three processes (1440, 1443, 1451) and Paul V declared her a saint on 9 May, 1608, assigning 9 March as her feast day. Long before that, however, the faithful were wont to venerate her body in the church of Santa Maria Nuova in the Roman Forum, now known as the church of Santa Francesca Romana.
(Taken From Catholic Encyclopedia)
Prayer to St. Frances of Rome
(Can be said as a Novena for 9 Consecutive Days)
Bright jewel of the Order of Saint Benedict, illustrious Saint Frances of Rome, thou who wast led by divine Providence through various stations in life, that thou mightest be a pattern of every virtue, to maidens, to matrons and to widows, pray for us to our divine Savior that we may be detached from the vanities of the world and may be able, under the guiding hand of our Guardian Angel, to grow daily in the love of God, of His Church and of our neighbor, and finally to be made partakers in heaven of the Felicity. Amen.
An Indulgence of 300 days