Rather than go into business as his family wanted, Amand decided to take up arms against the Saracens. Setting sail for the front lines, his ship was blown back to show, and Amand took this as a sign that he should not be a soldier. He gave away all his possessions, became a hermit, then a monk, and then founder and first abbot of what became Saint Amand-de-Boixe monstery.
- “Saint Amandus of Boixe“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 August 2012. Web. 13 October 2015. <>