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Figure of a Saint with an Angel, possibly Saint Leonard of Noblac who is customarily depicted carrying manacles

 

Feast of Saint Leonard of Noblac

(d. 559 A.D.)

St. Leonard of Noblac also known as St. Leonard of Limoges, was a French nobleman in the court of Clovis I, King of France. He was converted to the Christian faith, along with the King, by St. Remigius, Bishop of Rheims. After his conversion he abandoned his worldly pursuits, left the royal court, and followed St. Remigius as a disciple. He obtained special permission from the king to release any prisoners whom he deemed worthy of pardon. He declined an offer of a bishopric and entered the monastery at Orleans to live a life of prayer and penance. Desiring greater solitude and penance than what the monastery allowed, he withdrew into a forest to live as a hermit. He built a small cell and lived on herbs and fruits. He soon attracted followers who joined him in his ascetic life. In thanksgiving for his prayers that the Queen of France would safely deliver her child, St. Leonard was given a large tract of royal land in Noblac. There the saint built an abbey where he served as abbot until his death. A village grew around the abbey that still exists today, named Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat. Numerous shrines are dedicated to St. Leonard across Europe, and thousands of miracles are credited to his intercession. He is the patron saint of prisoners and women in labor.

His feast day is November 6th.

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The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard by everyone who can still distinguish between good and evil.

Pope Francis

 

Saints Peter, Martha, Mary Magdalen, and Leonard ca. 1515, Correggio (Antonio Allegri) Italian. Three saints, each lost in his or her own thoughts, are shown before a dark forest grove, illuminated by a soft light. Commissioned for a church in the painter’s hometown of Correggio, the four saints were chosen by the patron, Melchiore Fassi. Correggio was one of the most original painters of the Renaissance, and in this early picture he explored ideas put into circulation by Leonardo da Vinci, seeking a haunting ambiguity of expression and a soft, enveloping light.

Follow the saints because those who follow them will become saints.”

Saint Clement I, pope

Saint Leonard of Noblac, patron of political prisonerspray for us.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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