St. Amand of Maastritcht- February 6

Saint Amand of Maastritcht, Patron Saint of Merchants

Extract from Saint Amand: “This great missionary was born in lower Poitou about the year 584. At the age of twenty, he retired to a small monastery in the island of Yeu, near that of Re. He had not been there more than a year when his father discovered him and tried to persuade him to return home. When he threatened to disinherit him, the saint cheerfully replied, ‘Christ is my only inheritance.’ Amand afterward went to Tours, where he was ordained, and then to Bourges, where he lived fifteen years under the direction of St. Austregisilus, the bishop, in a cell near the cathedral. After a pilgrimage to Rome, he returned to France and was consecrated bishop in 629 without any fixed See, receiving a general commission to teach the Faith to the heathens. He preached the gospel in Flanders and northern France, with a brief excursion to the Slavs in Carinthia and perhaps, to Gascony. He reproved King Dagobert I for his crimes and accordingly, was banished. But Dagobert soon recalled him, and asked him to baptize his newborn son Sigebert, afterwards to become a king and a saint. . . . The people about Ghent were so ferociously hostile that no preacher dared venture among them. This moved Amand to attempt that mission, in the course of which he was sometimes beaten and thrown into the river. He persevered, however, and in the end people came in crowds droves to be baptized.See PICTURE of Saint Amand. See also: Saint Amand (Multilingual), Saint Amand of Maastritch (EN), St. Amandus (EN), Amando de Maastricht, Santo (SP), Sant’ Amando di Maastricht Vescovo (IT), Saint Amand d’Elnone (FR).

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We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Amand of Maastritcht on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Flooding in Victoria, Australia (January 2011) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: January 31 – February 13, 2011.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom, make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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