St Wandregesilius

Here begins the life of the blessed abbot Wandregesilius.


1) The more the life of the men of God abounds with outstanding virtues, the greater the account of their deeds reflects the same, and this even when the biographer is without talent. In truth we place our trust in Him who said, "It is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you‟ (Mt. 10:20): He loosed the tongues of the dumb and caused words addressed to men to come forth from the mouth of a donkey. Why be surprised if He should inspire a man endowed with reason, when He is sometimes pleased to have His truth proclaimed through the jaws of an animal? It is in this hope, strengthened by power from on high, that I have aroused my feeble talent to compose the life of blessed Wandregesilius. I will do as I am able and the Lord will know how to put my words to good effect. I shall have much to say about the holiness of our blessed saint; I was, myself, an eye-witness of some of his deeds, but most of them were told to me by venerable monks who had been his disciples for many years; they recounted not only what they had learned from hearsay, but also what they had seen themselves. In this work I shall, very briefly, give an account of their reminiscences, calling to mind only a tiny fraction of the remarkable grace which our father had received, and that in the simplest of styles in order not to weary the attention of the reader. An over-lengthy account leads to ridicule; whereas a brief exposition, even if not particularly elegant, can be a source of spiritual edification; thanks to divine mercy, this will be worth our indulgence. May the reader feel his soul kindle with ardour and desire for the good! That which he learns with his ears may he preserve, on the altar of his heart, and meditate thereupon with all eagerness; may he put into practice that which he remembers and may he fulfil the divine will with unrestrained desire.

2) Being an insignificant person, I ask those who read the life of the saint not to display malice towards the author of this account, by jealously criticizing him with tooth and tongue as Cain beat Abel with a rod of iron; may they rather keep it in their hearts and souls; for, as the prophet says, „as for the sons of men, their teeth are a weapon and arrows, and their tongue is a sharp dagger‟ (Ps. 57:4). Good examples are usually extremely useful in the
conversion or the correction of men, inspiring them every day to seek after fresh virtues. Even if we had not the warnings of the divine commandments to guide us on the path to heaven, the examples of the saints would suffice. This is why the eternal King, in HisTrinity of Persons, has been watching throughout the ages to make known the unending glory of His servants for the profit of their successors who will be kindled with a great love for the heavenly fatherland. For this reason, we have included here those things in the life of the Holy Father Wandregesilius which set forth the glory of God and not those which are, in reality, of human interest alone. The wicked will find here things that will cause them to fear; the good things that will make them rejoice; the proud will humble themselves and the licentious will be troubled by the examples of chastity; gossips will learn to be silent, the greedy to curb their appetites, the avaricious to abandon the world and its clutter, drunkards to remain sober; villains will learn gentleness, the slothful enthusiasm, the headstrong true discretion as well as holy simplicity. With admiration, we shall all behold, in this athlete of God, the works of divine grace which we should imitate, the strength of his virtue and of his repentance, and the fount of his tears. The brevity of this account compels us to leave
aside many examples of misunderstanding by men, and other deeds which show us how he had renounced the world and persevered in the crucifixion of his own will on the scaffold of the Saviour. But let us now bring to a close this preface and, in order to set forth something of the virtues of his life, let us begin our account for the glory of God.

At the Royal Court
3) There was a man called Wandregesilius, surnamed Wandon, whose life was renowned - illumined by divine light. He was born into the world in the region of Verdun10 and being of noble birth he became yet more noble by his monastic life. In his youth he lived with his parents who gave him the basic education of that time and found him employment in the highest level of administration. In this secular and honoured period of his life, he accomplished faultlessly the tasks assigned to him, but his soul remained supremely attached to the commandments of Christ so that he applied to himself the word of the gospels: "render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s‟ (Mt. 22:21).


4) He was still a young man when his parents enjoined him to marry. Obedient to their desire, he betrothed himself to a maiden from a good family with illustrious ancestors. She was, in fact, from the highest rank of the aristocracy. He then found himself greatly perplexed. He wished to leave the world and serve God but feared that his fiancée, if she learned of this, would refuse the consent necessary for the separation. He decided,
therefore, firstly to take her as his wife and only afterwards to speak to her of the monastic life. Having thus wedded her, and desiring to win her for the perfect life, following the Scripture which commands to love one‟s neighbour as oneself (Mt. 19:19), he began to explain to her carefully the Church‟s doctrine, which he knew so well, concerning the great reward which awaited monastic virtues and the eternal union in the glory of the
saints reserved for those who, on earth, had been two in one flesh (Mt. 19:5). But she, enlightened by the Holy Spirit, interrupted him and cried, "O my Lord, who then prevented you from speaking to me of this before? Be assured that without hesitation I wish to offer myself to the service of God, to abandon the vain things of this world and reign in the glory of Christ. I ask of you only one thing, my Lord, namely to put your idea into practice as soon as possible and place us both, you and myself, your handmaid, under the divine yoke.‟ Hearing this he was overwhelmed with joy and praised God for the nobility of this vocation. They gave each other the necessary consent. He tonsured himself and placed the veil of grace upon the head of his wife. In her case the purity of her life and heart were such that the Lord, even in her lifetime, allowed her to work numerous miracles.


5) Let us now, in retrospect, return to the moment when he himself experienced the effect of divine power for the first time. While he was still a layman, travelling with his wife and a large retinue, he stopped one evening in a place inhabited by uncultured rustics of the worst kind, who feared neither God nor master. A dispute over a meadow for horses resulted in so violent a scuffle that, had it not been for divine goodness and the virtue of the man of God, it would not have ended without many deaths. Seeking the most effective help, the saint took prayer as his sword and armed himself with divine mercy rather than his shield. The Lord, who loves to answer His servants, came to his aid and the quarrel suddenly ended. The adversaries came to an agreement and became friends. In this way, the son of peace was the instrument of God for bringing back rivals to harmony. This event increased the fervour of Wandregesilius and he would love to repeat, "Does not He deserve to be loved above all things, this God who appears at once, in the very place where one has called upon Him, just as He promised: “When you seek for Me with all your heart, you will find Me?"


Montfaucon
6) The man of God, having decided to leave behind the ease of this world, sought a monastery in which he could live the angelic life. At first, but only for a short time, he lived with an old man in a place named Montfaucon.
Our blessed one was then a young man of great elegance; he had a fine head of hair, lively eyes, a lily-white complexion and long thin hands of which he took great care. He gave away all his possessions and embarked upon the way of poverty. The devil, who loves to harm, and, with all his wiles, to fight against the good was kindled with a great jealousy towards Wandregesilius and from now on never ceased to attack him either in person or through wicked men. But he, having on his head the helmet of salvation, as the Apostle says, and protected by the shield of faith (Eph. 6:16-17), fought victoriously against the enemy‟s assaults.


7) King Dagobert, who was on the throne at that time and whom Wandregesilius had faithfully served since his youth, would not accept that he had tonsured himself without his permission and ordered him to come to the palace. The man of God, trusting in the help of Christ who straightway reassured him, left unwillingly for the court. Approaching the royal residence, he saw a poor man whose cart was jammed fast in the mud just in front of the entrance. The passers-by were not stopping to help him but, on the contrary, were jostling him and almost trampling on him. Arriving at the scene and seeing the malice of these villainous fiends, the man of God swiftly dismounted his horse and, coming to the aid of the unfortunate man, succeeded in setting the cart aright together with him. The onlookers, beholding him covered with mud, began, however, to laugh more loudly and to ridicule him. He, on the contrary, paying them no heed, humbly followed the Master who humbled Himself, "If they have called the Master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household?‟ (Mt.10:25) As he was thus turning this insult to the glory of God, an angel straightway appeared and cleaned his garment to perfection; so, even better clothed than he had been before, he entered the palace of the King and, like a lamb before wolves, presented himself to him and his court. The Lord, Good Shepherd of all the saints and his protector, guarded this lamb which had been snatched from the jaws of his enemies in their presence; they were unanimous in
recognising that he was indeed a man of God and that the desire for Christ alone had caused him to abandon all the glory of the world. The king ordered, therefore, that he should not be troubled and told him that he was free to devote himself to the contemplation of divine glory.


Saint-Ursanne
8) On his return he used his own resources to build a small monastery in a different location. Here he imposed on himself fasts and vigils; every day he would pray with deep sighs and tears and when he could no longer stay awake, he would stretch his wasted body on the naked earth. He condemned himself to this prison sentence both from fear of Gehenna and love for Christ. The devil, beholding his unceasing progress in the spiritual life, attacked him cruelly, inflicting countless torments both by day and by night.He endeavoured to entice the saint with suggestions that he weaken his ascetic efforts; the servant of God, understanding his cunning, overcame the temptations by the Sign of the Cross and abstinence. Finding himself defeated, the devil attacked the saint even more cruelly when, out of human necessity, he was compelled to sleep, and inflicted upon him numerous assaults by means of dreams. Rousing himself, on such occasions, the man of God would put on the armour of God crying, "Make haste, O God to deliver me; make haste to help me, O Lord,‟16 and then pray to God for the strength to vanquish his cruel adversary. If, despite everything, the dream became a nocturnal illusion, he would immediately rouse himself and go to bathe in the river, weeping and groaning. There, in the depth of winter, he
would recite the whole Psalter while standing in the midst of the frozen stream, prostrating himself into the water at the end of each psalm. What labours, what daily battles against the enemy! The Lord, who is merciful, stretched out His hand towards him for He knew that his thoughts were fixed on Jesus; so that, mystically, the blessed one watered the sacred Feet with his tears, wiped them with his hair (Lk. 7:38) and, by severe abstinence lasting for weeks at a time, triumphed over the enemy ranged against him.


Bobbio
9) Beholding his perseverance in fighting against the enemy, God sent a messenger to comfort Wandregesilius. One night when, as was his custom, he was sleeping on a mat in his small dwelling, an angel transported him in the spirit to a monastery named Bobbio, situated in the country of the Lombards which is called Italy, and he was able to see both where the abbey was situated and its buildings. When the angel departed, the saint
wondered to what he was being called. Recalling the words of the gospel, "Whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple,‟ (Lk. 14:33) and also, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me‟(Lk. 9:23), he fulfilled both commandments. Rising up, abandoning everything and taking with him only three young servants and a donkey, unknown to everyone, he left his country, his kindred and his father‟s house (Gen. 12:1), without knowing which road he should take; but the Lord, by means of an angel, showed him the path to follow. Thus he arrived at the monastery which he had seen in his dream and, on entering, recognised without difficulty the dwelling which had been divinely allotted to him when he had the vision. He remained there for some time. The monks of the abbey, in their turn, perceived that he was a true warrior of Christ; his devout ways and his origins soon became known to them. God frequently gave him knowledge of secret events; he, however, endeavoured always to remain unrecognised, to conceal his virtues and to please
God alone, for he kept in mind what the Lord said to the Pharisees, those false servants: "You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts‟ (Lk. 16:15). He locked away, in the shrine of his heart, these wonderful works of God and sought only to please Him whose eyes were looking down upon him from heaven each day. Desiring to live in a more secluded place and to progress by the straight and narrow way (Mt. 7:14), he decided to move to Ireland, kindled as he was with the love of God, for the love of Christ had been set forth in his heart by the Holy Spirit which had been given to him. (Rom. 5:5)
Romainmôtier


10) On his way, seeking hospitality, he stopped in a monastery situated above the Jura called Romainmôtier.19 Following the custom of this abbey, a monk soon arrived to fulfil the commandment of the Lord by washing his feet. From this moment, the man of God recognised that here men lived that austere life which, out of love of Christ, he also desired. When the Holy Spirit revealed to him that he had been led there by the will of God to live in the monastic habit, he placed himself under obedience and remained there for a long time following the rule of the monastery.


11) Ever progressing towards the heights of holiness, he conducted himself with humility and fled from vainglory, loving gentleness and fearing lest the devil should come and, through his pride, slip in amongst the good works he was seen to do; he carefully avoided the slightest of faults such as unnecessary words, and, above all, loud laughter, knowing that it is written: "A fool raises his voice when he laughs‟ (Si. 21:20) and always showed himself
ready to fulfil the commandments of God faithfully and joyfully. These virtues had become second nature to him. In particular, one observed in him a humility which surpassed that of others - his considered speech, as I have just mentioned, his welcoming face and his kindly affection, all tempered by prudence. Not only did he never speak evil of another, neither did he even wish to hear it; he did not complain but was obedient, receiving as the commandment of God everything that came from the mouth of his superior. In reality he feared the divine commandments and kept his thoughts always fixed upon the law of the Lord; in whatever task he was performing, he would bring to mind the Word of God, and continue meditating upon it. His zeal constrained him to mortify those members through which he still remained united with the earth. Stripped of everything he bore the cross alone. Already dead to the world he lived for God. Seeing that he was so zealous in serving Him, the Lord granted him, on several occasions, the gift to discern, from a preliminary glance, the inclinations of the hearts of men and the
grace to arouse many souls sunk in the sleep of indifference and spiritual sloth; he would make them rise up to work for the faith.


12) Let me not omit a great miracle which he himself recounted to me. One night, when he was in his little house absorbed in profound prayer, an angel, shining with a dazzling brightness, appeared to him; his dwelling was flooded with light and filled with a delightful fragrance. He heard a voice saying, "Servant of Christ, swift to fear God, His peace be with you, you have found favour in His sight! Persevere until the end in thegood works which you accomplish because, for you, the Lord Jesus has prepared a crown and He will bring you into the delights of Paradise where you will rejoice for ever with Him.‟ The same voice added a prophecy: "Your nephew Gond will come to you.‟ Hearing this, the man of God prostrated himself weeping. His prayer became more fervent, for he did not pride himself because of the visit or the words of the angel who had praised him but, on the contrary, humbled himself judging himself unworthy, on account of his sins, to receive, in such manner, messages from the Lord. Blessed holiness, blessed man worthy to be praised by the mouth of the Most High! Blessed dying to the senses which made him like unto the Son of God! Blessed humility; despised by men yet exalted in the sight of God! It was by keeping all these things that Wandregesilius obtained his place in the Kingdom.


Fontenelle
13) We now come to the time when the Lord wished to reveal His servant to the world, to manifest that pearl of great price taken from His treasury in order, through him, to bring many others to salvation and to embellish still further his double crown. He arrived in the most holy city of Rouen, the episcopal See, at that time, of Bishop Ouen, defender of Orthodoxy. Ouen, recognising immediately the calibre of the servant of God, who was now under his obedience, wanted to confer on him the blessed rank of subdeacon, but he only succeeded in so doing without the knowledge of the saint and almost in opposition to him. Later he made him a deacon and finally asked Bishop Omer to ordain him priest. The new priest, being extremely capable, carried out his duties without difficulty.


14) Wandregesilius, who would return without ceasing to the well-spring of humility, and who always wished to remain detached from worldly affairs, waited, however, for God to show him the prepared place where he could live under the holy Rule. The Lord provided a situation where this good shepherd might tend a large flock on His behalf. He was able to settle near a flowing spring called La Fontenelle, in the forest of Jumieges, on land purchased with money given by royal generosity. Here he founded his monastery, which he built with spiritual stones – that is holy souls. He erected churches dedicated to Saint Peter, Saint Paul and Saint Lawrence; further, at about a mile from the monastery, he constructed an oratory dedicated to Saint Amand de Rodez, to whom he often prayed. His zeal for perfection endeared him to Saint Ouen, in whose diocese the monastery was situated, for he respected the canons of the Church, was particularly humble, and never wished to plan or embark upon a journey without the blessing of the bishop, knowing the scripture, "Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.‟ (Mt. 18:18)


15) He desired neither gifts, nor that his community should derive its sustenance from anything but the labour of its members. He kept to this rule of life for a long time. Then the Lord, knowing his zeal for increasing the talents with which he had been entrusted, sent many disciples, who, in response to his exhortations, forsook father, mother, houses, fields and all that had been theirs. The man of God, seeing the multitude of holy monks gathered to him by the Lord, renounced living without possessions; but he agreed to receive only from those who, enlightened by grace, took upon themselves the yoke of divine service. In this way, he was able to satisfy the basic needs of all, giving at least food and clothing to his disciples in accordance with the word of the Apostle "Having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.‟ (1Tim. 6:8)30 As a true shepherd, Wandregesilius, in obedience to the commandment of the Lord, gave his life for his sheep (Jn. 10:15); his gentleness softened rough characters; his humility, confounding the proud, made them once again lowly; and his teachings brought many back to God. He was that wise scribe who, according to the Gospel, brought forth from his treasury jewels both antique and new. He encouraged the faint-hearted, comforted the weak, assisted the infirm and fought great battles with the devil on their behalf. He often snatched his victims from the jaws of that raging lion and, like a good shepherd, brought them back to the fold of the Lord, healing their wounds by the grace of his words. He taught his sons how to resist the assaults of the adversary and not to renounce their vocation, saying: "To look back, my son, is already to regret what you have undertaken and to encumber yourself with worldly desires. My dear child, the truly humble man is always striving to climb higher. One should not count with satisfaction the years that one has spent in the monastery, but rather ask oneself whether one has lived there in love and obedience to the commandments. This is why if we take a certain pride in seeing that we are not thieves like some, or murderers and villains like others let us, by our conscience, examine our deeds. Is there not someone we hate? Have we not an inherent fear of being slandered? Do we not allow ourselves to be inflated with pride or overcome by ambition? Are we not stained by impurity? Easily roused to anger? Pre-occupied with vainglory? Have we never expressed ourselves by too frequent laughter? Do we not waste time in idle chatter? Do we indeed strive, with all our might, to preserve love, peace, joy and good will? The purpose of our life is that we should be found, at any moment, ready to fulfil the commandments of the Lord; then the Lord will rejoice over us and reward us with crowns. The devil, on the other hand, will find himself vanquished, for his greatest sorrow is to see us hastening to obey the divine commands. My dear sons, keep yourselves unspotted from anything that may be of the world. Today we live, but tomorrow who knows what may befall us. Let us remember how divine mercy has transformed us from sons of darkness into children of light: let us therefore cast away every work of darkness and walk in the light of the commandments of Christ. Take great care lest the devil, with his jealous zeal, causes you to fall into his snare, but, bound together in love, serve one another in the fear of the Lord. Then the enemy will flee from you, for he cannot approach those whom he beholds in unity as a single soul: the love of Christ binds them firmly together and those who are inseparable cause him to retreat.‟ The servant of God, himself, fought against the devil with all his might. His chief concern was to teach his disciples, whom he had fed with the pure milk of the Word of God, to wage war against the devil: he made them realise from whence his poisoned darts might come. Thus, throughout his life, he kept the sheep of the Lord in peace in his monastery, carefully tending each one, without ever hearing a complaint, so evident was his superiority over them all. His humility was so genuine that, for the edification of his disciples, he continued to work with his hands when already grey-haired and advanced in years.


16) This great, illustrious soldier of Christ who, through the fervour of his contemplation, would lift up his heart into the heavens, was yet kept on earth out of love for the brethren, ably adapting himself to the demands of this service so that, like the Apostle, having become all things to all men, he won them all for Christ. The diverse gifts of grace which he received from God watered the barren, pagan earth, and sweetened the waters of the dry fountain (Jl. 3:18) and those of the Dead Sea (Ez. 47:5-10). The fameof the holy man spread far and wide; even those who had never seen him were convinced that they received God‟s mercy through his prayers. The influence of his preaching was so immense that, in a relatively short time, the savage and ferocious inhabitants of the surrounding region were converted; even thieves were seen to forsake their possessions. It is difficult to believe that barbarians, newly converted to Christianity, would make prostrations to the ground like monks in order to receive his pardon when he was proclaiming the divine word to his own flock and sowing it in the field entrusted to him
by the Lord, while he would say "Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory‟ (Ps.115:1). Every day, in his intercessions, he would ask the Lord Jesus Christ to make this new plantation, his community, grow in love and to establish it on a stable foundation. His spiritual care extended not only to his sons, but to every creature, to the righteous and to those bound in sin by the demons, to those whose skins the King of Assyria, the
devil, was boiling in the furnace of sin.


17) If we refuse to ascribe to him the gift of prophecy, it is impossible to explain why, quite often, the man of God would say to a monk hiding a fault, "My brother why are you so gloomy and with such a sad face? What are you planning in your heart? Make haste and go to confession, do not delay. Blot out that secret sin, for a little spark can kindle a great fire. Stand up my brother, do not remain lying on the ground with the devil, but stand upright with Christ.‟ I can solemnly affirm that I have, myself, heard him predicting events which later, with my own eyes, I saw occurring. The brevity of this volume does not allow me to go into details; an over-lengthy account, as I said before, runs the risk of wearying its readers, but it is appropriate to touch the matter briefly with the help of divine grace. It would also be good to recount the miracles performed by our holy and venerable father, but I must
confess my ignorance on many occurrences of this nature which are known to God alone. I have decided to content myself by describing what is already generally known and to go no further, as I am only writing a brief account. We have entirely certain knowledge that, through him, God healed lepers, made the lame to walk unaided, caused the dumb to speak and raised up the dead already prepared for burial and plunged into darkness of
soul. Now released from this miserable world, today he works in heaven with Christ and His angels; Christ is his glory and he rejoices forever with the elect in the delights of Paradise.


The Death of a Saint
18) Let us now come to the moment when God wished to deliver our blessed father from the toils of this world and lead him to heavenly rest. He was already advanced in years and would often repeat, like the Psalmist, "Woe is me, that I sojourn in Meshech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar.‟ (Ps. 120, 5-6); then he would add: "O good Jesus, deliver me, I desire so much to see Thee!‟ Jesus heard him and sent a short illness in order to separate his soul from his body. He remained three days and three nights without speaking to anyone; enraptured, in ecstasy he would contemplate the divine glory and, occasionally opening his eyes, would look up to heaven with a joyful face. The disciples standing around him understood that his soul had already entered into glory. Seeing that God wished to call him back to Himself they were sorrowful and said to him, "What will become of us, father? You are leaving us too soon! We wish to continue to hear your word and to receive your fatherly correction.‟ And they prostrated themselves, praying with tears and sighs, asking God not to call him back before he had addressed them with a few words of consolation. Beholding the immense sorrow of these lambs whose shepherd was about to die without having bid them farewell, the Lord had compassion on their grief, and allowed him to give them a few final words of counsel. Having called his disciples together, he revealed to them different secret things concerning both himself and other persons. Then, as was customary, the monks asked him what they should do when he was gone. He replied, "Be assured that if you abide by my teaching and preserve, as I have taught you, unity, love and humility, while endeavouring never to have dissensions among you, then your situation will be always good. God will be with you every day, comfort you, and assist you in your needs.‟ His strength did not allow him to say more, for his Master and Defender was already there to give him eternal rest in His bosom.


19) The devil was greatly vexed on seeing the Lord call the servant of God from the darkness of this world to the life of blessedness on account of his virtues: Wandregesilius had always fought against him with the greatest of vigour, not only for his own salvation, but also in order, like a good shepherd, to snatch many sheep from his jaws that he might lead them to eternal life. In his final hours he tried to frighten him with terrible visions. The Lord, in His mercy, did not abandon His righteous servant for a moment but, dwelling within him, overcame the devil and chased him away. The disciples who were watching over Wandregesilius heard him saying, "God has baptised me in the Holy Spirit of regeneration and just now the devil came and stood before me, but God struck him on the forehead and put him to flight.‟ The saint, seeing at his bedside a large number of the elect whom God had sent to meet him, called out to one of them whose holy life and pure ways he had known saying with a joyful voice "Agathon, Agathon.‟ These words confirmed the feeling of the brethren that a multitude of the blessed was indeed present. One of our brothers told me that, while he was lying down in his cell, he heard a choir chanting psalms in a marvellous way. He jumped out of bed and ran to the church, thinking that the servant of God had died and the brethren were chanting the office for the departed. Entering the sanctuary he found no-one. Fearful he ran to the cell of our father and asked his cell-attendants if they had heard anything. They replied that they had not. The saint, addressing those waiting on him, then asked them, "Why are you not singing with the others whom we can hear in the room?‟ "Who are they, father, we do not know, do you?‟ He, however, with shining face, rejoiced in God alone and chanted the psalms with his invisible helpers.


20) In his last moments the whole monastic brotherhood gathered around him; his holy
soul departed from his body and was received by the angels who had been chanting
psalms around his death bed. Jesus Christ, Whom he had served with devotion, received
him into the life of blessedness. With great sadness his spiritual sons began to sing the
prayers for the departed; they shed tears at his parting from them in the flesh; the angels
rejoiced to see him united with them. The monks wept for the loss of their shepherd; the
angels were glad for they had received the saint.11
A Model for our Life
21) Let old men exalt, let young men rejoice, let children be joyful and let monks make
glad, for the blessed eternal mansions have received Saint Wandregesilius. The prolonged
yet cheerfully-undertaken labours for God in this life won for him a glorious crown in
eternity. Brothers, if we desire, one day, to share in the joy that knows no end, let us
imitate him with the same zeal. Like him, let us humble ourselves before God, that, with
him, we may be found worthy to be exalted. Let us mortify our bodies that the spirit may
bloom. Let us live in unity that the devil may be put to flight and, in peace, bring joy to
the angels. Let the saint watch the seed of God, which he sowed in our hearts, increase;
the father will rejoice in his sons and the sons in their father; on the fearful Day of
Judgement he will be able to present us to the Father saying, „Here are the sheep which
Thou entrusted to me, O Lord, and not one of those who kept the commandments
which Thou charged me to teach them has perished.‟ (Jn. 10:28; 17:12)
May the Eternal King answer us, „Come O blessed of my Father, receive with your
beloved Father Wandregesilius, My champion, that which hath been prepared for you
from the foundation of the world.‟ (Mt. 25:34). Let us acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ
who kept His confessor in this life and, after his death, united him with the glory of the
saints, Him who lives and reigns with the eternal Father in the perfect Trinity for
evermore. Amen.
22) Let it be known that the falling asleep of this blessed man occurred on the eleventh
day before the calends of August (22 July), when, having brought his work to perfect completion, he was received by God.