February 28th - St. Romanus and St. Lupicinus

February 28th - St. Romanus and St. Lupicinus

These French saints were brothers who lived in the fifth century. As a
youth, St. Romanus was admired by everyone for his goodness. He had a great
desire to become a saint. Since he saw that in the world it was too easy to
forget about God, Romanus decided to live as a hermit. First, he asked the
advice of a holy monk, and then he started off. He took a book with him. It
was The Lives of the Fathers of the Desert by Cassian. He also took seeds to
plant and a few tools. With these supplies, he went into the forests of the
Jura mountains between Switzerland and France. Romanus found a huge fire
tree and settled beneath it. He spent his time praying and reading his book.
He also planted and cared for his garden, quietly enjoying nature. Soon
afterward, his brother Lupicinus joined him. Romanus and Lupicinus were very
different. Romanus was hard on himself. However, he was kind and gentle and
full of understanding with others. Lupicinus was hard and severe with
himself and usually the same with others. Yet he meant well. The two
brothers understood each other and got along fine.

Many men came to join them. They wanted to be monks, too, so they built two
monasteries. Romanus was the abbot of one and Lupicinus was the abbot of the
other. The monks lived simple, hard lives. They prayed much and made
sacrifices cheerfully. They performed penances to strength-en themselves in
their vocation. They worked very hard farming to grow their food and kept
silent all the time. They chose to live like this because their main concern
was growing close to God. Their lifestyle helped them toward their spiritual

St. Romanus died in 460. His younger brother, St. Lupicinus, died in 480.
St. Romanus and St. Lupicinus were both saints, even though they had
different personalities.

"If we should well consider all that is human and imperfect in us, we
should find but too much cause to humiliate ourselves before God and men,
even before our inferiors"
-St. Vincent de Paul

A holy woman, once having asked light of the Lord that she might know
herself well, saw so much ugliness and so many miseries in her own heart
that, not being able to bear the sight, she prayed to God to relieve her
from such distress; for she said if it had lasted longer she would have sunk
under it.

(Taken from the book "A Year with the Saints". February - Humility)

Bible Quote:
Where pride is, there also shall be reproach: but where humility is, there
also is wisdom. (Proverbs 11:2)

Sing, my tongue, the Savior's glory,
Of His Flesh the mystery sing;
Of the Blood, all price exceeding,
Shed by our immortal King,
Destined, for the world's redemption,
From a noble womb to spring.

Of a pure and spotless Virgin
Born for us on earth below,
He, as Man, with man conversing,
Stayed, the seeds of truth to sow;
Then He closed in solemn order
Wondrously His life of woe.

On the night of that last Supper
Seated with His chosen band,
He, the Paschal victim eating,
First fulfills the Law's command;
Then as Food to His apostles
Gives Himself with His own hand.

Word-made-Flesh, the bread of nature
By His word to Flesh He turns;
Wine into His Blood He changes:-
What though sense no change discerns?
Only he the heart in earnest,
Faith her lesson quickly learns.

Roman Breviary and Missal, Feast of Corpus Christi and Holy Thursday, Hymn
Pange lingua glorisi Corporis mysterium. (Tr. Caswall) (St. Thomas Aquinas,
13th cent.)