St. John of Matha was born in Provence and from his earliest childhood distinguished himself by his charity to the poor.
Ordained priest in Paris, he, at his first Mass, had a vision in which God commanded him to establish the Order of the Holy Trinity for the ransoming of captives (Collect). He therefore retired into solitude and during three years lived in prayer and contemplation with St. Felix of Valois (Introit). A second vision determined them to approach Innocent III, who gave his approbation to the new institution commanded by God.  Continue Reading