St. Tutilo (Feast: March 28)
Tutilo was an Irish man who, while visiting the renowned Benedictine Abbey of St. Gall in present-day Switzerland, delayed his departure – and stayed his whole life.
Said to have been a large, powerful, handsome and quick-witted Irishman, Tutilo was also genial in that he was a teacher, an orator, a poet, an architect, a painter, a sculptor, an accomplished illuminator, a musician, even a mathematician and astronomer.
His numerous talents and gifts led to his being much in demand and, by permission of his abbot, he fulfilled many artistic commissions outside the monastery. One of these was his sculpture of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the Cathedral at Metz, considered to be a masterpiece.
He was a member of the abbey at the zenith of its influence throughout all of Europe. Many of the Gregorian chant manuscripts that survive to this day, and some of the most authentic, are undoubtedly Tutilo’s own work.
Of all his many talents, the one Tutilo loved the most was music.
According to tradition, he could play and teach all of the instruments in the monastery and had a fine musical voice.
King Charles had a great admiration for the gifted monk and remarked that it was a great pity for so much talent to be hidden away in a monastery.
But the saint himself shrank from publicity and when obliged to go to the great cities he strove to avoid notice and compliments.
All he wanted was to use his gifts for the service of God.
Though Tutilo was the epitome of today's "Renaissance man", sanctity was his real crown.
DAILY QUOTE for May 21, 2019
SAINT OF THE DAY
St. Christopher Magallanes and Companions
Fatima custodians often meet people who know little or nothing about the Catholic faith. A few years ago I had such an experience in Florida