Pictorial Lives of the Saints – Saint Honoratus, Archbishop

illustration of Saint Honoratus of Arles from 'Pictorial Lives of the Saints', 1892Saint Honoratus was of a consular Roman family, settled in Gaul. In his youth he renounced the worship of idols, and gained his elder brother, Venantius, to Christ. Convinced of the hollowness of the things of this world, they wished to renounce it with all its pleasures, but a fond, pagan father put continual obstacles in their way. At length, taking with them Saint Caprais, a holy hermit, for their director, they sailed from Marseilles to Greece, with the intention to live there unknown, in some desert. Venantius soon died happily at Methone, and Honoratus, being also sick, was obliged to return with his conductor. He first led an ermetical life in the mountains, near Frejus. Two small islands lie in the sea near that coast; on the smaller, now known as Saint Honore, our saint settled; and being followed by others, he there founded the famous monastery of Lerins, about the year 400. Some of his followers he appointed to live in community; others, who seemed more perfect, in separate cells as anchorets. His rule was chiefly borrowed from that of Saint Pachomius. Nothing can be more amiable than the description Saint Hilary has given of the excellent virtues of this company of saints, especially of the charity, concord, humility, compunction, and devotion which reigned among them, under the conduct of our holy abbot. He was, by compulsion, consecrated Archbishop of Aries in 426, and died, exhausted with austerities and apostolical labors, in 429.

Reflection – The soul cannot truly serve God while it is involved in the distractions and pleasures of the world. Saint Honoratus knew this, and chose to be a servant of Christ his Lord. Resolve, in whatever state you are, to live absolutely detached from the world, and to separate yourself as much as possible from it.