Saint Bertin (d.709)
for September 5
Saint Bertin was born in France in the beginning of the seventh century. He began his religious life at the Abbey of Luxeuil, and then joined the bishop of Therouanne, who was sharing the message of Christ with the pagans. To spread their mission even farther, the monks founded two monasteries. Bertin ran the second monastery they founded for almost 60 years. Saint Bertin practiced great severities throughout his lifetime, and was in continuous communion with God. He traveled far and wide to share God's message, and trained his disciples to carry on his ministry after he was gone. Saint Berlin passed away at a very old age, some say older than 100, surrounded by his fellow monks.
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Saint Bertin intended always to be in full communion with God. As he walked, worked, ate, and rested, Saint Bertin included God, hoping always to grow in greater union with God. Do you strive to include God in all that you do? Think of ways that you could invite God to more actively participate in the entirety of your life.
Dear Jesus, please enter my life in every way. Help me to be aware of your presence in all of my activities.