Above: Gaul in 655
SAINT CYRAN (DIED CIRCA 655)
Also known as Saint Sigiramnus
Roman Catholic Abbot
St. Cyran, a Frankish nobleman, had been a cupbearer to Lothair II (reigned 584-629), King of Neustria from 584 and King of all Franks from 613. But the saint broke his engagement to be married and followed his vocation, the monastic life, which he pursued at St. Martin’s Abbey, Tours. St. Cyran’s father, Modegisile, served as Bishop of Tours from 625 to 638. After the bishop died, St. Cyran inherited a large sum of money, which he gave to the poor. He was so generous that the had to endure a period of incarceration due to suspicion of insanity. In 640, free again, the saint joined Bishop Falvius from Ireland on a pilgrimage to Rome. Upon his return, St. Cyran founded and served as abbot of two monasteries, those at Meobecca and Longoretum.
St, Cyran, who followed Jesus, was known for his concern for and generosity to the poor and the imprisoned. I think of this fact and recall words from Matthew 25:
When you did it to the least of my brothers and sisters, you did it to me.
St. Cyran’s life was one lived well. May your life, O reader, also be one lived well. What is God calling you to do? May you do that. And may others help you fulfill that vocation, not stand in the way.
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, whose blessed Son became poor that we through his poverty might be rich:
Deliver us from an inordinate love of this world, that we,
inspired by the devotion of your servant Saint Cyran,
may serve you with singleness of heart, and attain to the riches of the age to come;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Song of Songs 8:6-7
Luke 12:33-37 or Luke 9:57-62
—Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 722