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    5 September – Saint Alvito de León OSB
    Also known as Albito, Avitus.
    Bishop of León between 1057 and 1063, Monk and Abbot.

     (Died 1063)
    He was the son of Aloito Fernández de Saavedra, who was a nobleman and
    senior butler to King Bermudo II of León and Urrace López of Lemos.
    His older brother, Arias Aloitiz, inherited his father’s estate, which included the castle of Arias and the territories of Parga, Villalba
    and Mondoñedo. He was a family relative of St Rudesind.

    Alvito was the Confessor to King Fernando I of León, a Monk and the Benedictine Abbot of the Sahagún Monastery. Various documents from May
    1057 list his presence at the Bishop of the Diocese after the
    resignation of his predecessor Cipriano.

    In 1063 King Fernando organised an expedition against the muslims of
    the south peninsula and after his military successes he sent Alvito to
    Seville and to the Bishop of Astorga Ordoño, with the mission that
    they recover the body of Saint Justa. They did not successfully find
    these remains but they did find those of Saint Isidore, whose burial
    place was revealed to Alvito in a revelation, which also revealed his approaching death. Indeed, the Bishop from León died a week after
    discovering the Isidore’s tomb and Bishop Ordoño returned to León with
    the bodies of both St Isidore and St Alvito.

    In the presence of Abbot Silos Saint Domingo, St Isidore was buried in
    the Church of Santa Maria the Ruler.

    According to tradition, before Alvito was buried, St Isidore appeared
    to King Fernando demanding that his body be present at the burial of
    Alvito, as was finally done.

    Alvito's death occurred pre-congregation and although he has never
    been formally Canonised, he has always been recognised as a Saint in
    the Church at León. In the Spanish calendar of Saints he appears


    Saint Quote:
    Mary was raised to the dignity of Mother of God rather for sinners
    than for the just, since Jesus Christ declares that he came to call
    not the just, but sinners.
    --St. Anselm

    Bible Quote:
    Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that
    shall he also reap. For he that soweth unto his own flesh shall of the
    flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth unto the Spirit shall of the
    Spirit reap eternal life.  (Galatians 6:7-8 ) DRB

    Act of Oblation to the Holy Spirit

    ON MY KNEES before the great cloud of heavenly witnesses, I offer
    myself body and soul to Thee, eternal Spirit of God. I adore the
    brightness of Thy purity, the unerring keenness of Thy justice and the
    might of Thy love. Thou art the strength and light of my soul. In Thee
    I live and move and have my being. I desire never to grieve Thee by unfaithfulness to grace, and I pray with all my heart to be kept from
    the smallest sin against Thee. Make me faithful in every thought, and
    grant that I may always listen to Thy voice, watch for Thy light, and
    follow Thy gracious inspirations. I cling to Thee and give myself to
    Thee, and I ask Thee by Thy compassion to watch over me in my
    weakness. Holding the pierced feet of Jesus, looking at His five
    Wounds, trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened side and
    stricken Heart, I implore Thee, adorable Spirit, Helper of my
    infirmity, so to keep me in Thy grace that I may never sin against
    Thee with the sin which Thou wilt not forgive. Grant to me the grace,
    O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and of the Son, to say to Thee
    always and everywhere, "Speak, Lord, for Thy servant hears." Amen.
    (After a prayer by Cardinal Newman)

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