Feast of St. Claude of Besancon (June 6)   Leave a comment

Above:  Gaul in 714

SAINT CLAUDE BESANCON (DIED CIRCA 699)

Roman Catholic Priest, Monk, Abbot, and Bishop

It is common, when reading about pre-Congregation saints, to have few facts yet numerous reports of reputations of sanctity.  Such is the case with St. Claude of Besancon.  He came from a Gallic family, one where the presumed career path for him was military.  Yet the saint became a priest instead.  He served as a priest at Besancon for twelve years before becoming a monk at Condat Abbey in, in the Jura Mountains.  In time the saint governed  the monastery as its abbot.  In that role he introduced the Rule of St. Benedict there.  The saint’s next position was Bishop of Besancon (685-692), after which he retired to Condat Abbey, where he spent the rest of his life.

The facts place St. Claude in time and space.  And they tell us the kind of choices he made:  he pursued a life of service to others and to God.  And, as a monastic, he participated in a system which helped preserve Western civilization.  Note, O reader, the chronology:  St. Claude lived and died during the early part of what we call the Middle Ages (476/500-1492/1500, depending on whom one asks).  He faced daily challenges we cannot imagine in 2012; his world, so to speak, no longer exists.  May we, drawing inspiration from his example, succeed, by grace, of course, in living faithfully in our contexts.  And, if even the memory that we were righteous survives 1300 years from now, we will be rare cases indeed.  But God will know, and that matters most of all.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 6, 2012 COMMON ERA

THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER, YEAR B

THE FEAST OF MIDDLETON STUART BARNWELL, EPISCOPAL BISHOP OF GEORGIA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS EDBERT AND EADFRITH OF LINDISFARNE, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS

THE FEAST OF SAINTS EDWARD JONES AND ANTHONY MIDDLETON, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYRS

THE FEAST OF JEANNETTE RANKIN, UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE

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Almighty God, you have surrounded us with a great cloud of witnesses:

Grant that we, encouraged by the good example of your servant Saint Claude of Besancon,

may persevere in running the race that is set before us,

until at last we may with him attain to your eternal joy;

through Jesus Christ, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Micah 6:6-8

Psalm 15

Hebrews 12:1-2

Matthew 25:31-40

Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 724

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Posted May 6, 2012 by neatnik2009 in June, Saints of the 600s

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