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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.
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
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.
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)