Vaast was leading the hidden life of a hermit in Toul, France when the bishop of the city, discovering the young manís virtues, resolved to ordain him to the priesthood. In 496, as the Frankish pagan king Clovis I was passing through Toul, he asked to be provided with a priest to begin instructing him in the Christian faith. Vaast was chosen for this important task, and joined the kingís retinue on their journey toward Reims. As they were crossing the Aisne River, a blind man on the bridge begged Vaast to heal him. Vaast thereupon prayed for the man and made the sign of the cross on his eyes. Immediately, the manís eyesight was restored. This miracle confirmed Clovis in his decision to become a Christian. In Reims, Clovis was baptized by the cityís bishop, Saint Remigius, who upon meeting Vaast recruited him for his diocese. Thereafter, Vaast was consecrated bishop of the city of Arras, where he encountered a populace that had abandoned the Christian faith. Vaast succeeded in restoring Christianity to this region. He is said to have rescued a poor familyís goose from the jaws of a wolf that had seized it.
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Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701. When he was about seventeen, he became very ill. He promised to be a Franciscan if he would get better. But ... continue reading
By Deacon F.K. Bartels
It is true that the creature loves less because she is less. But if she loves with her whole being, nothing is lacking where everything is given. To love so ardently then is to share the marriage bond; she cannot love so much and not be totally loved, and it is in the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes