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  • Sue Cifelli
    Spiritual Bouquet: I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the Will of Him who sent Me. St. John 6:38 SAINT HUGH Bishop of Grenoble
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      Spiritual Bouquet: I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the Will of Him who sent Me. St. John 6:38

      Bishop of Grenoble

      It was the good fortune of Saint Hugh to receive, from
      his cradle, strong impressions of piety
      through the example and solicitude of his illustrious and holy parents. He was born at
      Chateauneuf in Dauphiné, France, in 1053. His father, Odilo, who served his country in an
      honorable post in the army, labored by all means in his power to make
      his soldiers faithful servants
      of their Creator, and by severe punishments, to restrain vice. By the
      advice of his son, Saint
      Hugh, in his later years he became a Carthusian monk, and died at the
      age of one hundred, having
      received Extreme Unction and Viaticum from the hands of his son. Under
      his direction, his
      mother had served God in her own house for many years by prayer,
      fasting, and abundant almsgiving; and Saint Hugh also assisted her in
      her last hours.

      Hugh, from the cradle, appeared to be a child of
      benediction; in his youth he was recognized as
      such through his exceptional success in his studies. Having chosen to
      serve God in the ecclesiastical state, he accepted a canonry in the
      cathedral of Valence. His great sanctity and learning
      rendered him an ornament of that church, and at the age of twenty-seven
      he was chosen Bishop of
      Grenoble. Pope Gregory VII consecrated him in Rome, and inspired in him an ardent zeal for the
      Church’s liberty and the sanctification of the clergy. He at once
      undertook to reprove vice and
      reform abuses, at that time rampant in his diocese, but found his
      efforts without fruit. He resolved
      therefore, after two years, to resign his charge, and retired to the
      austere abbey of Casa Dei, or
      Chaise-Dieu, in Auvergne.

      There Saint Hugh lived for a year, a perfect model of all virtues in a monastery filled with saints,
      until Pope Gregory commanded him, in the name of holy obedience, to resume his pastoral
      charge, saying: “Go to your flock; they need you.” This time his sanctity effected great good in
      souls. His forceful preaching moved crowds and touched hearts; in the confessional he wept with
      his penitents, and aroused in them a deeper contrition. After a few years the face of his diocese
      had changed. His charity for the poor led him to sell even his episcopal ring and his chalice to
      assist them. During his episcopate the young Saint Bruno came to him for counsel, and it was
      Saint Hugh who assisted him in the foundation of the Carthusian Monastery in the mountains of
      the diocese of Grenoble, whose renown after a thousand years has not diminished.

      Always filled with a profound sense of his own unworthiness, he earnestly solicited three Popes
      for leave to resign his bishopric, that he might die in solitude, but was never able to obtain his
      request. God was pleased to purify his soul by a lingering illness before He called him to Himself.
      He closed his penitential course on the 1st of April in 1132, two months before completing his
      eightieth year. Miracles attested the sanctity of his death, and he was canonized only two years
      afterwards, by Pope Innocent II.

      Reflection. Let us learn from the example of the Saints to shun the tumult of the world as much
      as our circumstances will allow, and apply ourselves to the exercises of holy solitude, prayer, and
      pious reading.

      Sources: Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints, a compilation based on Butler’s Lives of the Saints and other sources by John Gilmary Shea (Benziger Brothers: New York, 1894); Vie des Saints
      pour tous les jours de l’année, by Abbé L. Jaud (Mame: Tours, 1950); Les Petits Bollandistes:
      Vies des Saints, by Msgr. Paul Guérin (Bloud et Barral: Paris, 1882), Vol. 4.

      Saint Hugh of Grenoble
      Also known as
      * Hugh of Châteauneuf
      * 1 April
      Son of a soldier named Odilo, a man known for his Christian life, and who later became a Cistercian monk; his mother was known for her life of prayer and alms-giving. Uncle of Saint Hugh of Bonnevaux. Hugh was an exceptionally good student as a child. Canon in the cathedral of Valence, France at age 25. Bishop of Grenoble, France in 1080 at age 27, consecrated by Pope Gregory VII; he served there for 52 years. He went to Grenoble as a reformer, but after two years, convinced that he had not improved the lives or the holiness of his clergy, he resigned and retired to become a Benedictine monk at Chaise-Dieu in Auvergne, France; after a year of this, Pope Gregory ordered him back to Grenoble. This time his work and his example paid off – large crowds attended his preaching, his clergy brought new zeal to their ministry, the poor were cared for, and religious life had a new start in his diocese. He gave land to Saint Bruno for La Grande Chartruse abbey,
      and helped him found the Carthusians. Gave both his mother and his 100 year old father their Last Rites. A frequent sufferer of head pain and headaches, which led to his patronage of the problem.
      * 1053 at Chateauneuf, Dauphiné, France
      * 1 April 1132 in Grenoble, France of natural causes
      * interred in Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Grenoble
      * relics burned by the Huguenots in the 15th century
      * 22 April 1134 by Pope Innocent II during the Council of Pisa
      * against headache
      * Grenoble, France
      * carrying a lantern
      * one of a group of seven stars, representing the founders of the Carthusians
      * with Saint Bruno
      * with three flowers in his hand
      Additional Information
      * American Catholic
      * Catholic-Hierarchy.Org
      * Catholic Online
      * Kirken i Norge
      * Monastery of Christ in the Desert
      * Wikipedia
      * Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
      * Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints, by Matthew Bunson, Margaret Bunson, and Stephen Bunson

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