Saints of the Order of Saint Benedict – Saint Sulpicius, Archbishop

illustration of Saint Sulpicius, Archbishop, from the book 'Saints of the Order of Saint Benedict', designed by Father Amandus LiebhaberSaint Sulpicius was the second Archbishop of that name. He served King Clothaire II as chaplain and almoner, and when the King was at one time ill, and in danger of death, he was restored to health by the prayers of the Saint. Sulpicius became a Monk of the Benedictine Order, and after the death of Saint Austryes, the Archbishop of Bourges, he succeeded to the vacant See. He was noted in his monastery for his obedience, piety, silence and sobriety; in which virtues he surpassed all the other members of his community.

His eloquence worked wonders among the Jews, numbers of whom were converted to Christianity by his means. The fame of his sanctity having pervaded all Aquitaine, many that were sick were brought to this Saint to be healed; and one day he was called to a boy who had died of hunger. Saint Sulpicius, after examining the corpse, ordered it to be carried to his cell, where, with many prayers and tears, he threw himself over it; and soon the boy awoke as if from sleep, and rose refreshed. Nor was this the only life that was restored by the prayers of the good Archbishop. He quelled a tumult which arose in consequence of the avarice of the Queen, who caused heavy taxes to be imposed on the poor, and, by his exhortations and denunciations, he induced Clothaire to repent. The King laid aside his royal robes, and, with tears and protestations, begged forgiveness for his sins; and, as an expiatory offering to God, he made rich offerings to the Church. Saint Sulpicius died at a good old age, in the year 647, to the great sorrow of his people, and many notable miracles were performed at his tomb.

– text and illustration taken from Saints of the Order of Saint Benedict by Father Aegedius Ranbeck, O.S.B.