ST. CLOUD, CONFESSOR.
FEAST DAY: September 7th
ST. CLOUD is the first and most illustrious Saint among the
princes of the royal family of the first race in France. He
was son of Chlodomir, King of Orleans, the eldest son of
St. Clotilda, and was born 522. He was scarce three years old
when his father was killed in Burgundy; but his grandmother Clotilda brought up him and his two brothers at Paris, and
loved them extremely. Their ambitious uncles divided the kingdom of Orleans
between them, and stabbed with their own hands two of their nephews. Cloud, by a
special providence, was saved from the massacre, and, renouncing the world,
devoted himself to the service of God in a monastic state. After a time he put
himself under the discipline of St. Severinus, a holy recluse who lived near
Paris, from whose hands he received the monastic habit. Wishing to live unknown
to the world, he withdrew secretly into Provence, but his hermitage being made
public, he returned to Paris, and was received with the greatest joy imaginable.
earnest request of the people, he was ordained priest by Eusebius, Bishop of
Paris, in 551, and served that Church some time in the functions of the sacred
ministry. He afterward retired to St. Cloud, two leagues below Paris, where he
built a monastery. Here he assembled many pious men, who fled out of the world
for fear of losing their souls in it. St. Cloud was regarded by them as their
superior, and he animated them to all virtue both by word and example. He was
indefatigable in instructing and exhorting the people of the neighboring
country, and piously ended his days about the year 56o.
REFLECTION.óLet us remember that "the just shall live forevermore; they shall receive a kingdom of glory, and a crown of beauty at the hand of the Lord."