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On Offering Ourselves wholly to God [V]
I offer Thee also all the holy aspirations of devout persons; the
needs of my parents, friends, brothers, sisters, and all who are dear
to me; and the needs of all who have desired or asked me to pray and
offer the Eucharist for them and theirs, whether living or departed. I
pray that all these may enjoy the assistance of Thy grace, the aid of
Thy comfort, protection from dangers, and deliverance from pains to
come; and that, freed from all evils, they may offer glad praise and
thanks to Thee.
--Thomas à Kempis--Imitation of Christ Book 4 Ch.9
1 September – Saint Lupus of Sens
Bishop of Sens, Priest, Monk at Lérins – where he undertook whatever
was required, doing the lowliest duties with great love, Confessor and Missionary – born near Orleans, Gaul (in modern France) and died in
623 in Brienon-sur-Armançon, Yonne, France of natural causes. He was
renowned for his love of music and his generosity to the poor.
Patronages – against epilepsy, of epileptics. He is also known as St
Loup de Sens, Loup de Naud, Leu, Lowe, Lupo.
Lupus was the son of Betton, Count of Tonnerre, “Blessed Betto,” a
member of the royal house of the Kingdom of Burgundy. Early in his
childhood he displayed a great love of Christ and His Church. His two
saintly maternal uncles, Saint Austremius, Bishop of Orleans and Saint Aunarius, Bishop of Auxerre, both arranged his education and eventual Ordination.
St Lupus was so greatly loved and his holiness so highly esteemed that
in 609, when the Bishop of Sens died, the King, at the request of the
people, appointed the saintly Lupus to replace him. Tradition leaves
us this wonderful miracle of St Lupus – whilst celebrating Mass,
during the Consecration, a jewel descended from heaven into the
When Lupus hesitated to acknowledge Clotaire II as the rightful ruler
of Burgundy and insisted that the will of God exceeds the will of
rulers, Clotaire used the excuse of slander about Lupo and a woman to
exile him to Ansenne, a predominently pagan area. Lupus evangelised
the people of the area, converting many, including the region’s
governor. When Lupus’ replacement in Burgundy, the politically
ambitious Monk Monegisil, was killed during a riot, the people
demanded the return of their rightful Bishop. Clotaire recalled Lupus
and punished those who had spoken against him. He returned
triumphantly to Sens, stopping in Paris for the Council of 614.
He was buried in the Monastery of Sainte-Colombe-lès-Sens, which he
had founded in Sens. In 853 his relics were transferred to the new
Church dedicated to him. His cult was of special renown during the
Among the many Churches and Monasteries dedicated to him in France are Saint-Leu-Saint-Gilles in Paris (1235), Saint-Loup of Naud (Provins),
and Saint-Loup of Esserent, near Senlis.
Perfection does not consist in not seeing the World, but in not having
a taste or relish for it. In a word, the perfection of charity is the perfection of life; for the life of our soul is charity. The primitive Christians lived in the world in body but not in heart, and were
nevertheless very perfect.
-- St. Francis of Sales
Religion pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to keep
oneself unspotted from this world. (James 1:27)
A great preservative against angry and mutinous thoughts, and all
impatience and quarreling, is to have some great business and interest
in your mind, which, like a sponge shall suck up your attention and
keep you from brooding over what displeases you.