February 21st - Sts. Germanus & Randoald
- From: "Trudie" <trudie.Miller@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2008 10:29:46 -0600
February 21st - Sts. Germanus & Randoald, OSB MM (AC)
(Also known as Germain & Rancald or Randaut)
Born in Trier (Trèves), Palatinate, Germany; died c. 677. Germanus, son of a
rich senator, was an orphan raised by Bishop Modoard. At age 17, Germanus
disposed of his property and entered Saint Romaric's monastery governed by Saint
Arnulf of Metz at Romberg in the Vosges Mountains (Remiremont). Arnulf
encouraged the young man to grow in holiness, and he did. Germanus, in turn,
encouraged his younger brother Numerian to forsake the world and enter the
double monastery, too.
From Remiremont he migrated to Luxeuil under its third abbot Saint Waldebert,who introduced the Benedictine Rule into the abbey. He later became abbot of the
Granfel (Münsterthal) Monastery in the Val Moutier, which had been founded by
Duke Gondo of Alsace. Germanus became a pioneer in reconstruction,
road-building, dedication to the poor and under-privileged. This last was his
Gondo's successor, Boniface (Catihe), daily oppressed both the monks and poor
inhabitants. The holy abbot, while bearing private injuries silently, often
pleaded the cause of the poor. The duke laid waste to their lands, destroyed
their harvests, and took away the means needed to eke out their poor
subsistence. Germanus went out to meet Boniface as he was ravaging their lands
and plundering their houses at the head of a troop of soldiers. German begged
Boniface to spare a distressed and innocent people. The duke promised to stop,
but his soldiers took up the killing, burning, and plundering again while the
saint prayed in the church of St. Maurice.
The soldiers had long awaited an opportunity to expunge the inconvenient abbot
who often denounced their ravaging of the poor. When Germanus and Randoald, his
prior, were on their way back to Granfel, the soldiers captured, stripped, and
pierced them with swords as the martyrs prayed. Their relics were deposited at
Granfel, and were exposed in a rich shrine till the Reformation, when they were
translated to Telsberg, or Delmont. Their acta were written by a contemporary
priest, Babolen (Benedictines, Encyclopedia, Husenbeth).
Germanus is pictured as a Benedictine abbot holding a lance. Sometimes Randoald,
his prior, is with him. Germanus may also be shown with a poor man at his feet
(because he was murdered by the duke for interceding for the poor) or with a
book, palm, and crozier. Germanus is venerated in Trier, Remiremont, Luxeuil,
and Granfel (Roeder).
He who was raised from the dead will raise us also, if we do His will and live
by His commands and love what He loved, refraining from all injustice,
covetousness, love of money, evil-speaking, false witness, not returning evil
for evil or abuse for abuse, or blow for blow, or curse for curse, but
remembering what the Lord said when He taught: Do not judge, so that you may not
be judged; forgive and you will be forgiven; have mercy so that you may be shown
mercy; with the measure you use men will measure back to you; and blessed are
the poor and those who are persecuted for their uprightness, for the kingdom of
Heaven belongs to them.
-St. Polycarp, Letter to the Philippians
1. If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of charity,
if any society of the spirit, if any bowels of commiseration: 2. Fulfil ye my
joy, that you may be of one mind, having the same charity, being of one accord,
agreeing in sentiment. 3. Let nothing be done through contention, neither by
vain glory: but in humility, let each esteem others better than themselves: 4.
Each one not considering the things that are his own, but those that are other
men's. 5. For let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
THY KINGDOM COME
Taken from JESUS, MARY, JOSEPH NOVENA MANUAL: Father Stedman
LORD, we ask for more than Thy Mercy! We desire Thee to reign over us. Thine
interests must be ours. By the Love of Thy Sacred Heart, which surpasses all
knowledge, we beg Thee, O Jesus, to fulfill in our time the promises made to St.
Margaret Mary. In union with Holy Church, through the intercession of Thy Virgin
Mother, for the honor of Thy Holy Name, JESUS, we ask Thee to hasten and
establish the reign of Thy Divine Heart, here and now.
Triumph by the reign of Thy Sacred Heart! Hasten Thy reign, O Jesus, before
Satan and the world snatch more souls from Thee and corrupt every state of life.
Triumph by the reign of Thy Sacred Heart! Come, O Jesus! and gain the victory of
Thy Love in every home. Reign there by Thy Peace, promised to all who have
joyfully received Thee into their homes.
Triumph by the reign of Thy Sacred Heart! Do not delay, Beloved Jesus, for many
homes are suffering bitter evils which Thou alone canst heal.
Triumph by the reign of Thy Sacred Heart! Come! because Thou art strong; because
Thou art the God of life's battles. In Thy Pierced and Wounded Side is Thy
Pledge to us and our hope of Heaven at the hour of death.
Triumph by the reign of Thy Sacred Heart! Good Master! what of the numberless
lukewarm and indifferent souls? Hasten to enlighten them in devotion to Thy
Triumph by the reign of Thy Sacred Heart! Give to priests who love Thee, and who
preach Thy Love the power of eloquence to draw souls to Thy Heart.
Triumph by the reign of Thy Sacred Heart! Finally, Lord Jesus, grant that by our
fidelity to FIRST FRIDAY COMMUNION, we may obtain the rewards of THY GREAT
PROMISE the grace that we shall not die under Thy displeasure, nor without
receiving the last Sacraments, that Thy Divine Heart may be our final refuge at
that last hour. Amen.
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