Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos succumbs to yellow fever. Fr. Neithart writes of his passing moments, “Our dear dying Father remained conscious to his last breath. His lips continually moved in prayer. His eyes were fixed on the crucifix until they could see no more. A supernatural brightness appeared to illuminate his dying countenance. His joy, as the moment of dissolution approached, communicated itself to all present.” On the day after his passing, a house chronicle of St. Alphonsus church, New Orleans, describes Seelos thusly, “He was beautiful in death, wearing the same smile of sanctity as when alive.” | Shown above: At the Shrine in New Orleans, relics of Bl. Seelos are on display, such as his reliquary, coffin, a lock of hair and a piece of backbone.