Above: Gaul in 628
SAINT AMATUS OF LUXEUIL (DIED 630)
Also known as Saint Ame
Roman Catholic Monk and Abbot
His feast transferred from September 13
SAINT ROMARIC OF LUXEUIL (DIED 653)
Roman Catholic Monk and Abbot
One of the joys of preparing these posts about lives of saints is discovering for myself the links between and among saints. Today, with this post, I add two saints to my Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days. These stories converge with the lives of at least four saints of whom I have written already. Such overlapping holiness gladdens my heart.
This saga of sanctity begins with St. Amatus (died 630). The monk from Grenoble had grown up in a monastery. And, in 614, at the urging of St. Eustace of Luxeuil (https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2012/01/14/feast-of-sts-syragius-of-autun-anacharius-of-auxerre-valery-of-leucone-and-eustace-of-luxeuit-april-1/), abbot from 611, he became a monk there. A few years later, St. Amatus converted St. Romaric (died 653), then a nobleman serving in the court of Lothair II (reigned 584-629), King of Neustria from 584 and King of all Franks from 613. St. Romaric also became a monk at Luxeuil. At that monastery both saintly monks were subject to the positive influence of St. Columban/Columbanus (https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/10/29/feast-of-st-columban-november-23/), the great evangelist and founder of monasteries.
In 620 Sts. Amatus and Romaric, with the approval of St. Eustace, founded the double monastery of Remiremont Abbey on St. Romaric’s estate at Habendum. St. Amatus served as the first abbot; St. Romaric succeeded him in 623 and ruled for the next thirty years. Among the monks there were St. Arnulf of Metz (https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/12/08/feast-of-sts-arnulf-of-metz-and-germanus-of-granfel-february-21/), a nobleman and a bishop, and St. Germanus of Granfel (see the hyperlink for St. Arnulf), later an abbot.
Accounts of St. Romaric’s life as abbot include stories of him becoming involved in Merovingian dynastic politics, which were frequently dangerous, for certain Merovingian monarchs were violent toward their own family members. The particulars of St. Romaric’s political entanglements are irrelevant and would distract me from my focus, but I do note that he strove for a better society–surely a good cause.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
NOVEMBER 16, 2012 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF SAINT MARGARET OF SCOTLAND, QUEEN
THE FEAST OF SAINT GIUSEPPE MOSCATI, PHYSICIAN
O God, by whose grace your servants Saint Amatus of Luxeuil and Saint Romaric of Luxeuil,
kindled with the flame of your love, became burning and shining lights in your Church:
Grant that we may also be aflame with the spirit of love and discipline, and walk before you as children of light,
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Psalm 133 or 34:1-8 or 119:161-168
2 Corinthians 6:1-10
–Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 723