As a young man he followed the militia. One Good Friday, while surrounded by soldiers, he stumbled upon his brother’s murderer, who, outstretched his arms, asked for forgiveness out of respect for the Holy Cross. John embraced him as a brother, and entering the church he saw the crucified Christ bow his head toward him. Leaving the militia, he took the monk habit.
Appointed Abbot, he refused the position and retired to the desert, where he founded the Order of Valleumbrosa. It was the eleventh century, when the Church wept humiliated by the degrading stigma of simony.
John and his monks rose boldly against the simony bishops and abbots and began that daring campaign that was to culminate in the glorious pontificate of the great Hildebrand, Saint Gregory VII (999 – 1073).
V: Saint John Gualbert.
A: Pray for us.
To advance in your spiritual reform, kindly consider the profound meditations and pious lessons from the book:
TITLE: St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori on How to accept and love the will of God and his Divine Providence Includes quotations from St. John, Isaias, the Song of Songs, St. Bernard, etc.
AUTHOR: St. Alphonsus Liguori
EDITOR: Pablo Claret
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