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Vulmar – or Wulmar, as he is more commonly called – was a Benedictine abbot whom the Roman Martyrology refers to as “a man of wonderful holiness”. He was born near the village of Picardy in the province of Boulogne in France.
Although he was originally married, he was separated by force from his wife, and was inspired to join the Abbey of Hautmont in Hainault.

His piety and devotion, even in his humble duties of keeping the cattle and hewing wood for the community, brought him to the attention of the superiors. Upon observation, he was found to be a worthy candidate for ordination and promoted to the dignity of the priesthood.

Later, he obtained the consent of his superiors to leave the abbey and live his life alone as a hermit near Mount Cassel for several years. He later founded the Abbey of Samer, near Calais, where he served as abbot. This monastery was named Saint-Vulmar in his honor and existed until the French Revolution.

Vulmar also founded the Benedictine convent at Wierre-aux-Bois, which was about a mile from his own monastery, for his niece, Saint Eremberta.

St. Vulmar has been glorified by miracles, and his relics were conveyed to Boulogne, and from there to the Abbey of St. Peter at Ghent.

 


 

 

 

Quote of the day

DAILY QUOTE for December 4, 2020

He who limits himself to performing only what is his obligat...

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December 4

 

He who limits himself
to performing only what is his obligation 
. . .  

does not love. 

St. Peter Julian Eymard


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Saint of the day

SAINT OF THE DAY

St. John Damascene

The Muslims of Damascus were, for the most part, tolerant...

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St. John Damascene

John Damascene was born in Damascus, then under Muslim rule. Though imposing a poll tax and other conditions upon the Jews and Christians, the Muslims of Damascus were, for the most part, tolerant, allowing both Jews and Christians to occupy important posts, and amass fortune.

Among the officials at the khalif’s court in 675 was a Christian called John, chief of the revenue department. The father of our saint, he was surnamed al-Mansur by the Arabs, a name the family carried.

The younger John was born around 690, baptized in infancy, and, as he grew, had a tutor named Cosmas, a wise man of letters, whom the Arabs had brought back from Sicily among other captives. Young John had an adopted brother also called Cosmas, and both became the pupils of the Sicilian sage, who taught them the natural sciences and theology.

John succeeded his father in his office at the court and worked there, free to practice his Faith, and respected for his virtues. After some years, he resigned his post, and, with his brother Cosmas, joined the monastery of St. Sabas.

As monks, John and Cosmas used their spare time to write books and poetry, which occupation rather scandalized their brethren.

Better appreciated by the Patriarch of Jerusalem, John V, the brothers joined his clergy. Cosmas was eventually consecrated bishop of Majuma serving his flock admirably, and also reaching sainthood. John, after being ordained, served for a while in Jerusalem, but then returned to his monastery. He wrote extensively in defense of icons against the iconoclasts, incurring the ill will of upholders of the heresy in high places.

St. John wrote works of theology and poetry at St. Sabas where he died a very old man.

He was proclaimed Doctor of the Church in 1890.

Weekly Story

WEEKLY STORY

Whoever recites this prayer fifteen times a day from the fea...

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A Christmas Prayer

(It is piously believed that whoever recites the below prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (Patron of Scotland; 30th Nov.) until Christmas will obtain what is asked.)

America Needs Fatima also believes it's pleasing and efficacious any time of the year.

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Whoever recites this prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (30th Nov.) until Christmas will obtain what is asked.

 

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