Quotes about our Patron
Canonization Bull for St. John Cantius, Pope Clement XIII
“He belonged to a group of outstanding men, distinguished by knowledge and holiness, who both taught and put into practice, as well as defended, the true faith which was under attack by its enemies.”
“God was constantly in his heart and on his lips.”
“Going hand-in-hand with that true brand of humility one saw in him a great childlike humility. There was nothing deceitful or ambiguous in his actions and words. Whatever was in his heart he unhesitantly and honestly revealed. If he thought that his words, even when speaking the truth, could accidentally offend someone, he humbly asked for forgiveness before approaching the altar.”
Pope John Paul II
“Scholarship and ascetism-wisdom and humility.”
Karol Cardinal Wojtyla
“St. John Cantius was a professor and priest. In his time, he was precisely what one now refers to as an academic priest. It is possible to proclaim him as the patron of academic priests, not only here [in Poland] but in the whole world.”
R. M. Zawadzki
“…the spiritual and intellectual formation of our Patron was shaped not by fashionable Scotism or Albertism, but rather on the doctrine of St. Augustine, complemented by the theological thought of Thomas Aquinas. This puts St. John Cantius in the ranks of those, who represent Christian humanism, that is to say, that intellectual trend in the christianitis of his time, which led to an authentic renewal of Christianity through a full evangelization that flowed from inner conviction and complete inner freedom.”
“In those times, when errors and schisms reigned in neighboring countries, he called for the preservation of Christian perspectives and customs. That which he proclaimed from the pulpit and clarified for the faithful, he confirmed by his humility, pure life, charity, mortification and many other virtues, characteristic of a true priest and untiring laborer.”
“…he had only God in his heart and on his lips.”
“With the devoutness, with which he treated matters of God, he linked humility. Even though he exceeded all others in his knowledge, he nonetheless felt himself unimportant, never elevating himself above others. What is more, he desired to be despised and unrespected, while those who spoke ill of and who where unfriendly toward him, he bore with good spirits.”
Fr. Piotr Skarga
“In speech he always adhered to the truth and unrelentingly despised lies.” (Based on the statement by Jesus in Matthew 5, 37)
“He was diligent in keeping fasts, generous in patience, firm in faith, fervent in love of God, lofty in meditation on the mysteries of God, strong in hope, extraordinary in restraint.”
Clement XIII, Bullarii Romani continuatio, IV, pars. II, Pratis 1843, pp. 1314-1316.
Gasidlo Ks. Wladyslaw, Ku czci swietego Jana z Ket, w szescsetlecie jego urodzin, 1390-1990 (Kraków 1991).
Mrówczynski O. Jerzy C.R., Swiety profesor: Jan z Ket (Niepokalanów 1989).
Rechowicz Marian and Swastek Józef, “Jan z Ket”, in Aleksandra Witkowska OSU, ed., Nasi swieci: Polski slownik hagiograficzny (Poznan 1995) 282-296.