06 Feb

St Romuald, Abbot

Romuald, the son of the nobleman Sergius, was born at Ravenna. As a youth he entered the nearby monastery of Classis to do penance.

Set afire with the desire for holiness

There, set afire with the desire for holiness, he saw blessed Apollinaris in a vision which strengthened him to pursue his aim, and he became a monk.

Prayer and fasting

He fasted and prayed constantly, but looked so happy that everybody who saw him could not help but feel cheerful. He longed for martyrdom and started out for Pannonia, but got sick on the way and had to return.

Angels ascending a ladder to heaven

He founded the Order of Camaldolese monks, whom he saw in a vision as angels going up a ladder to heaven.

He died at the age of one hundred and twenty in 1027, after one hundred years of serving God performing the most austere kinds of penance. He was buried with due honour in the church of his order at Fabriano.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964


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