Pictorial Half Hours with the Saints – Saint Willliam of Bourges

Saint William of Bourges; from Pictorial Lives of the Saints, 1892, artist unknownDevotion to the Blessed Sacrament

Saint William, archbishop of Bourges, is chiefly remarkable for his fervent devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. The tender piety which he practiced from early youth led him to renounce the great wealth and rank which he might have enjoyed in the world. Having embraced the ecclesiastical state, he was made a canon of Soissons and, subsequently, of Paris. He afterwards entered the order of Grammont, and eventually that of Citeaux, whence he was drawn, against his will, to be raised to the archiepiscopal see of Bourges. His elevation to this high position caused his piety to shine forth more strikingly, and at the same time enabled him to display the treasure of zeal and charity that filled his soul, for the solacing of the unfortunate and the conversion of sinners. He was wont to style the poor “his creditors,” and never deemed himself out of debt to them till he had not the wherewithal to give. Saint William died on the 10th of January, 1202, after having addressed his flock from the pulpit, prophetic words of farewell.

Moral Reflection

Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament is the virtue of the predestined, “He who shall eat of this bread, shall live for ever,” saith Jesus Christ. – John 6:59

– from Pictorial Half Hours with the Saints, by Father Auguste Fran├žois Lecanu, 1865