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ST UBALD – AN EXAMPLE OF GENUINE GOODNESS TO HIS FLOCK

07 May
ST UBALD – AN EXAMPLE OF GENUINE GOODNESS TO HIS FLOCK

ST UBALD, BISHOP AND CONFESSOR; MEMORIAL: MAY 16

Ubald was born of a noble family at Gubbio in Umbria, and from early childhood, was given a good religious and academic training.

As an adult, he was frequently urged to marry, but nothing could shake his determination to lead a celibate life.

After his ordination to the priesthood, he distributed his inheritance among the poor and to the churches, joined the Augustinians, and brought a foundation of that order to his homeland.

Pope Honorius II placed him over the diocese there, and despite Ubald’s reluctance, honoured him with the episcopacy. He became an example of genuine goodness to all his flock, but changed nothing at all of his usual way of life, and revealed every kind of virtue.

Burdened with chronic infirmities, he never stopped thanking God. He governed the church entrusted to him for many years in the most praiseworthy way, and died in peace, venerated for his holy works and miracles.

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

 

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