Prayers, Quips and Quotes: St. Norbet, Feast Day June 6

St. Norbet
St. Norbet

The feast day of St. Norbet is celebrated on June 6.

St. Norbet was born at Xanten in the Rhineland around 1080. He was born into a noble family and enjoyed luxury. While a young man he pursued worldly pleasures. He accepted orders as a sub deaconate to ensure his success at court, but he hesitated at becoming a priest.

This all ended after a near fatal accident during a thunderstorm. While riding in the rain, the thunder and lightning spooked his horse and he was thrown to the ground. He lay unconscious for about an hour. When he awoke he asked the Lord, “Lord, What do you want me to do?” These were the same words of Saul before his conversion. God’s response to Norbet was:

“turn from evil and do good. Seek peace and pursue it.”

St. Norbet embraced a life of prayer and penance. He now wanted to become a priest. he was ordained in 1115 at the age of 35. He gave everything he owned to the poor. After receiving permission from the pope he traveled throughout Europe preaching the gospel. He was known for his intense devotion to the Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament. The bishop of Laon requested his aid in reforming the canons, which he willingly did.

At the request of Pope Calictus II Norbet founded a religious order in France, called Canons Regular of Premontre. They followed the Rule of St. Augustine. He continued to preach in France, Belgium and Germany.

St. Norbet eventually became the archbishop of Magdebury however he died on June 6, 1134 soon after his election.

Oh, how good and pleasant a thing it is to dwell in the Heart of Jesus!

Who is there that does not love heart so wounded?

Who can refuse a return of love to a heart so loving?


Quote of St. Bernard; Feast day August 20

June is the Month of the Sacred Heart.

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