Roman Rite Calendar - 11/06
Frankish nobility. Part of the court of the pagan King Clovis I. The Queen suggested to Leonard that he invoke the help of God to repel an invading army. He did, the tide of battle turned, and Clovis was victorious. Saint Remigius, archbishop of Rheims used this miracle to convert the King, Leonard, and a thousand of followers to Christianity.
Leonard began a life of austerity, sanctification, and preaching. His desire to know God grew until he decided to enter the monastery at Orleans. His brother, Saint Lifiard, followed his example and left the King's court, built a monastery at Meun, and lived there. Leonard desired further seclusion. He withdrew into the forest of Limousin, converting many on the way, and living on herbs, wild fruits, and spring water. He built himself an oratory, leaving it only for journeys to churches. Others begged to live with him, and a monastery formed. Leonard had a great compassion for prisoners, obtaining release and converting many.
After his death, churches were dedicated to him in France, England, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Bohemia, Poland and other countries. Pilgrims flocked to his tomb, and in one small town in Bavaria there are records of 4,000 favors granted through Saint Leonard's intercession.
c.559 of natural causes
prisoners of war
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