Saint for the Day - January 16 - St. Honoratus,
St. Honoratus was of a
consular Roman family settled in Gaul. In his youth
he renounced the worship of idols, and gained his
elder brother, Venantius, to Christ. Convinced of
the hollowness of the things of this world, they
wished to renounce it with all its pleasures, but a
fond pagan father put continual obstacles in their
way. At length, taking with them St. Caprais, a holy
hermit, for their director, they sailed from
Marseilles to Greece, with the intention to live
there unknown in some desert.
Venantius soon died happily at Methone, and
Honoratus, being also sick, was obliged to return
with his conductor. He first led a hermitical life
in the mountains near Frejus. Two small islands lie
in the sea near that coast; on the smaller, now
known as St. Honoré, our Saint settled, and, being
followed by others, he there founded the famous
monastery of Lerins, about the year 400.
Some of his followers he appointed to live in
community; others, who seemed more perfect, in
separate cells as anchorets. His rule was chiefly
borrowed from that of St. Pachomius. Nothing can be
more amiable than the description
St. Hilary has given of the excellent virtues of
this company of saints, especially of the charity,
concord, humility, compunction, and devotion which
reigned among them under the conduct of our holy
abbot. He was, by compulsion, consecrated Archbishop
of Arles in 426, and died, exhausted with
austerities and apostolical labors, in 429.
Saint for the Day - St. Honoratus, Archbishop
Read about the Saint for today - January 16 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
The soul cannot truly serve God
while it is involved in the
distractions and pleasures of
the world. St. Honoratus knew
this, and chose to be a servant
of Christ his Lord. Resolve, in
whatever state you are, to live
absolutely detached from the
world, and to separate yourself
as much as possible from it.
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