Weninger’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Romaric, Abbot

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Saint Romaric was of high lineage. His father was one of the most renowned princes at the court of King Theodebert, and served his master faithfully in the war in which the latter was engaged against his own brother, Theodoric, King of Burgundy. As, however, this war terminated fatally for Theodebert, the young Romaric lost not only his own father, but also his estates. Childebert, King of Austrasia, took pity on him and received him at his court, until later, when by the will of God, he came again into the possession of his estates. He dwelt also for a time at the court of Clothaire II and of his son, Dagobert. His conduct, during the manifold changes of his life, was always that of a Christian, and he was never seen despondent in dark days, nor haughty in prosperity. Following the advice of the King, he married a pious Countess, who bore him three daughters, of whom the eldest married, but the other two consecrated their virginity to the Lord.

While he was at Metz, the holy bishop, Amatus, came to that city, and excited a great commotion among the people, by his apostolic sermons. He dwelt at the house of Romaric, who entertained him with great kindness and hospitality. The gold and silver dishes and other luxuries of the table gave to Amatus an opportunity to speak of the vanity of all temporal honors, happiness and pleasures, and of the bliss of those who for Christ’s sake, leave the world and all its deceitful joys. In conclusion, he added the words of Christ: “If you desire to be perfect, sell all you have and give it to the poor, and you shall possess a treasure in heaven.” Romaric, touched by the grace of God, determined immediately to leave the world, and serve the Lord in a cloister. Not content with this, he persuaded his two unmarried daughters and several of his acquaintances and relatives to choose the same life. Hence, with the consent of his spouse, he took the religious habit, with thirty others of his own station, and led a most holy life. After having thus passed several years most piously, he felt an intense desire to found new monasteries and to fill them with religious, that the Lord might be the more praised and glorified. With the permission of his Superior, he went, accompanied by Saint Amatus, to the Vosges mountains, between Lorraine and Alsace. On the summit of a mountain stood a castle, which had formerly been a celebrated idolatrous temple. This castle he turned into a monastery, and built, at the foot of the mountain, seven convents for women. All these convents were soon occupied by fervent handmaids of the Lord; and it was made a rule, that as soon as a signal was given from the castle, the choir should assemble in each of the seven convents, in order that God might be praised from all at the same time. This mountain was therefore called the holy mountain, which name it still bears. Saint Amatus administered the functions of a priest, and at his death, Romaric was ordained to succeed him. He was very solicitous in visiting all the convents, and guided their occupants in the path of perfection. After many years, enfeebled by labors and penances, he was seized by a severe fever, which chained him to his bed. His spiritual children were much distressed at the thought of losing so loving a father, but he comforted them, and gave them many wholesome instructions. At last, having received the holy Sacraments, his soul went to heaven, on a Sunday, in the year 653. His holy body was buried amid great solemnities, and God glorified his shrine with many miracles.

Practical Considerations

Not to despond in dark days, and not to be haughty in good fortune, requires great virtue. This virtue Saint Romaric possessed, and this alone speaks sufficiently in his praise. Do you possess this virtue? Ah! perhaps just the contrary; for I see that in adversity you are feeble-hearted, sad and troubled. When, however, all goes well with you, when you believe you are raised above others, you are haughty; you despise others and even think no more of the Lord. Correct in future this two-fold wrong. Should God send you suffering, whatever it may be, despond not. The same God who sends it to you will also give you grace and strength to bear it, if you humbly ask for it. He has also the power to take it from you again and He will do so, should it be for the welfare of your soul. Hence, do not despond. Hope in God. And if the Almighty sends you temporal honors and well-being, do not, on that account, feel elevated, and despise not those who are below you. For, tell me: “What hast thou that you hast not received?” – from God – “And if you hast received, why dost you glory as if thou hadst not received it?” (1 Corinthians 4) The same God who raised you above others, or blessed you more than others with temporal gifts, can also again lower you, and bless and raise others. Therefore do not sin against Him. “The Lord makes poor and makes rich, he humbles and he exalts.” (1 Kings 2) “It is an easy thing for the Lord,” says the Wise Man, “to make a poor man rich.” “He has dethroned the mighty and raised the humble,” says the divine Mother. Christ Himself said, that those who exalt themselves, shall be humbled and those that humble themselves shall be exalted. (Luke 14)

MLA Citation

  • Father Francis Xavier Weninger, DD, SJ. “Saint Romaric, Abbot”. Lives of the Saints, 1876. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 June 2018. Web. 19 February 2019. <>