St. Theobald of Marly (Feast: July 27)
Theobald was the son of Bouchard of Montmorency, one of the most illustrious families of Europe.
They were constables of France, marshals, admirals, cardinals, grand officers of the crown and grand masters of various knightly orders.
And yet Theobald is called the “great ornament” of the family of Montmorency.
He was born in the family castle of Marly, highly educated and trained as a knight.
He served for a time in the court of King Phillip Augustus II, but showed a strong inclination to a state of retirement.
Even at court he spent a long time in prayer and often visited the church at the convent of Port Royal founded by a relative, and which his father largely endowed.
Theobald took the Cistercian habit at Vaux-de-Cernay in 1220 and was chosen abbot in 1235.
He lived in his monastery as the servant of all, surpassing others in his love of poverty, silence and prayer.
He was known to King St. Louis IX who held him in high esteem and veneration.
Theobald died on December 8, 1247.
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