Saint for the Day - May 28 - St. Germanus
St. Germanus, the glory
of the Church of France in the sixth century, was
born in the territory of Autun, about the year 469.
In his youth he was conspicuous for his fervor.
Being ordained priest, he was made abbot of St.
Symphorian's; he was favored at that time with the
gifts of miracles and prophecy. It was his custom to
watch the great part of the night in the church in
prayer, whilst his monks slept. One night, in a
dream, he thought a venerable old man presented him
with the keys of the city of Paris, and said to him
that God committed to his care the inhabitants of
that city, that he should save them from perishing.
Four years after this divine admonition, in 554,
happening to be at Paris when that see became vacant
on the demise of the Bishop Eusebius, he was exalted
to the episcopal chair, though he endeavored by many
tears to decline the charge.
His promotion made no alteration in his mode of
life. The same simplicity and frugality appeared in
his dress, table, and furniture. His house was
perpetually crowded with the poor and the afflicted,
and he had always many beggars at his own table. God
gave to his sermons a wonderful influence over the
minds of all ranks of people; so that the face of
the whole city was in a very short time quite
changed. King Childebert, who till then had been an
ambitious, worldly prince, was entirely converted by
the sweetness and the powerful discourses of the
Saint, and founded many religious institutions, and
sent large sums of money to the good bishop, to be
distributed among the indigent.
In his old age St. Germanus lost nothing of that
zeal and activity with which he had filled the great
duties of his station in the vigor of his life; nor
did the weakness to which his corporal austerities
had reduced him make him abate anything in the
mortifications of his penitential life, in which he
redoubled his fervor as he approached nearer to the
end of his course. By his zeal the remains of
idolatry were extirpated in France. The Saint
continued his labors for the conversion of sinners
till he was called to receive the reward of them, on
the 28th of May, 576, being eighty years old.
Saint for the Day - St. Germanus
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"The more," says the Imitation
of Christ, "a man is united
within himself and interiorly
simple, so much the more and
deeper things doth he understand
without labor; for he receiveth
the light of understanding from
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