Saint for the Day - June 17 - St. Avitus
St. Avitus was a native
of Orleans, and, retiring into Auvergne, took the
monastic habit, together with St. Calais, in the
abbey of Menat, at that time very small, though
afterward enriched by Queen Brunehault, and by St.
Boner, Bishop of Clermont. The two Saints soon after
returned to Miscy, a famous abbey situated a league
and a half below Orleans. It was founded toward the
end of the reign of Clovis I. by St. Euspicius, a
holy priest, honored on the 14th of June, and his
nephew St. Maximin or Mesnim, whose name this
monastery, which is now of the Cistercian Order,
bears. Many call St. Maximin the first abbot, others
St. Euspicius the first, St. Maximin the second, and
St. Avitus the third.
But our Saint and St. Calais made not a long stay at
Miscy, though St. Maximin gave them a gracious
reception. In quest of a closer retirement, St.
Avitus, who had succeeded St. Maximin, soon after
resigned the abbacy, and with St. Calais lived a
recluse in the territory now called Dunois, on the
frontiers of La Perche. Others joining them, St.
Calais retired into a forest in Maine, and King
Clotaire built a church and monastery for St. Avitus
and his companions. This is at present a Benedictine
nunnery, called St. Avy of Chateaudun, and is
situated on the Loire, at the foot of the hill on
which the town of Chateaudun is built, in the
diocese of Chartres.
Three famous monks, Leobin, afterwards Bishop of
Chartres, Euphronius, and Rusticus, attended our
Saint to his happy death, which happened about the
year 530. His body was carried to Orleans, and
buried with great pomp in that city.
Saint for the Day - St. Avitus
Read about the Saint for today - June 17 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
All perfection consists in
keeping a guard upon the heart.
Wherever we are, we can make a
solitude in our hearts, detach
ourselves from the world, and
converse familiarly with God.
Let us take St. Avitus for our
example and encouragement.
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