Saint for the Day - February 20 - St. Eucherius,
This Saint was born at
Orleans, of a very illustrious family. At his birth
his parents dedicated him to God, and set him to
study when he was but seven years old, resolving to
omit nothing that could be done toward cultivating
his mind or forming his heart His improvement in
virtue kept pace with his progress in learning: he
meditated assiduously on the sacred writings,
especially on St. Paul's manner of speaking on the
world and its enjoyments as mere empty shadows that
deceive us and vanish away.
These reflections at length sank so deep into his
mind that he resolved to quit the world. To put this
design in execution, about the year 714 he retired
to the abbey of Jumiége in Normandy, where he spent
six or seven years in the practice of penitential
austerities and obedience. Suavaric, his uncle,
Bishop of Orleans, having died, the senate and
people, with the clergy of that city, begged
permission to elect Eucherius to the vacant see. The
Saint entreated his monks to screen him from the
dangers that threatened him; but they preferred the
public good to their private inclinations, and
resigned him for that important charge.
He was consecrated with universal applause in 721.
Charles Martel, to defray the expenses of his wars
and other undertakings, often stripped the churches
of their revenues. St. Eucherius reproved these
encroachments with so much zeal that, in the year
737, Charles banished him to Cologne. The
extraordinary esteem which his virtue procured him
in that city moved Charles to order him to be
conveyed thence to a strong place in the territory
of Liege. Robert, the governor of that country, was
so charmed with his virtue that he made him the
distributor of his large alms, and allowed him to
retire to the monastery of Sarchinium, or St. Tron's.
Here prayer and contemplation were his whole
employment till the year 743, in which he died, on
the 20th of February.
Saint for the Day - St. Eucherius, Bishop
Read about the Saint for today - February 20 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Nothing softens the soul and
weakens piety so much as
frivolous indulgence. God has
revealed what high store He sets
by "retirement" in these words:
"I will lead her into solitude,
and I will speak to her heart."
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