Saint of the Day

June 17: Saint Avitus

It is certain that Saint Avitus was the abbot of Micy in the French province of Perche, that he lived during the sixth century, and that his holiness caused those who knew him in life to call him a saint after his death. Other details are not so certain.

Later traditions about Avitus may have been added to fill in details about the lives of the many holy abbots who governed the Abbey of Micy. There is also a somewhat more reliable story from Saint Gregory of Tours, who said that Avitus begged his king, Clodomir, to spare the lives of a rival (Sigismund) and his wife and sons, whom Clodomir had captured in battle. The king didn’t listen.

Saint Avitus, help me accept with patience the fact that
only God knows all the details about my life.