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Saint of the Day: July 12th - Saint John Gualbert

Butler'sLivesoftheSaints A.D. 1073. [Founder of the Religious Order of Vallis Umbrosa] Saint John Gualbert was born at Florence of rich and noble parents, and in his youth was carefully instructed …More
Butler'sLivesoftheSaints A.D. 1073.
[Founder of the Religious Order of Vallis Umbrosa] Saint John Gualbert was born at Florence of rich and noble parents, and in his youth was carefully instructed in the Christian doctrine and in the elements of the sciences; but afterwards, by conversing with the world, he imbibed a relish for its vanities and follies. While a thirst of worldly pleasure kept possession of his desires, and seemed to him innocent, and while he thought a certain degree of worldly pride the privilege of his birth, he was a stranger to the gospel maxims of penance, meekness, and lowliness of heart; and all arguments of virtue lost their force upon him. But God was pleased, by a remarkable accident, to open his eyes, and to discover to him his errors, and the extent of his obligations. Hugo, his only brother, was murdered by a gentleman of the country; and our young nobleman determined to revenge the crime by the death of him who had perpetrated it, and who seemed out of …More
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