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St. Leobinus

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Feastday: March 14
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In the heart of rural France, amidst the rolling fields near Poitiers, a humble peasant boy named Leobinus embarked on a journey that would lead him to the heights of spiritual enlightenment and leadership. His life, marked by perseverance, devotion, and service, serves as a beacon of inspiration for generations to come.

Born into a simple peasant family, Leobinus toiled in the fields from a young age, his heart yearning for knowledge and enlightenment. Determined to pursue an education, he sought employment at the monastery of Noailles, where he labored tirelessly by day and studied fervently by candlelight at night. Despite the objections of the monks, who lamented the disruption caused by his illumination, Leobinus remained undeterred, shielding his candle with a screen to continue his quest for knowledge.

It was during this time that fate intervened, as Leobinus crossed paths with the revered Saint Carilef, who recognized the young man's potential and introduced him to Saint Avitus. Impressed by Leobinus's dedication and piety, Avitus welcomed him into his hermitage near Le Perche, where he immersed himself in a life of prayer and contemplation.

However, the tranquility of Leobinus's solitude was soon shattered by the turmoil of war, as raiders descended upon the abbey at Lyons. Amidst the chaos, Leobinus remained steadfast, enduring torture rather than betraying the sanctity of his brethren or the location of the abbey's treasures. Surviving the ordeal, he sought solace once more in the life of a hermit, returning to the side of Saint Avitus.

Yet, destiny had other plans for Leobinus, as he was ordained by Bishop Aetherius of Chartres and appointed abbot of Brou. Despite his initial reluctance to embrace administrative duties, Leobinus served with humility and dedication, guiding his flock with compassion and wisdom.

However, it was the call of his people that ultimately led Leobinus to assume the mantle of leadership once more, as he was appointed bishop of Chartres following the passing of Bishop Aetherius. Embracing his new role with fervor, Leobinus embarked on a journey of reform and renewal, participating in councils and advocating for the spiritual well-being of his community.

In the twilight of his life, Saint Leobinus continued to shine as a beacon of faith and virtue, his legacy enduring long after his passing on March 14, around the year 558. Today, we honor his memory and celebrate his feast, commemorating a life dedicated to service, sacrifice, and the pursuit of divine truth.

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