August 6th - St. Schetzelon, Hermit (AC)
(Also known as Schetzel, Scocelin, Jocelin, Gislain, Ghislain)
Very little is known with certainty about Schetzelon, awell-known saint in Luxembourg.
He was raised in a pious household and believed that he could grow in holiness only by withdrawing from the world.
He began his fifteen-year life as a hermit in Grünewald Forest near Trier,Germany, where the locals can still identify the grotto near a fountain named after him.
Escaping distractions is not always easy, even for a hermit.
One day snow fell overnight covering Schetzelon entirely-except for his face.
A freezing hare found that warm spot and settled comfortably on the hermit's face.
Schetzelon later reproached himself for allowing this incident to distract him from his prayers.
He foraged for food when it was available and begged for it at the local farmhouses during winter.
The farmers came to know him and left pieces of stale bread for the hermit, knowing that he would have refused anything that was fresh.
Out of respect for the life he had chosen, they never tried to speak to him, nor to see him.
It is said that he would approach houses at night because he had no clothes except a monk's cincture.
Saint Bernard once brought him a tunic and pair of shoes, which Schetzelon tried on to please the monk, but he soon discarded them saying that he did not need them.
When he died, a chapel was built in his honor which drew pilgrims.
The water at his spring was blessed each year.
In 1150, his body was translated to Munster Abbey to make the pilgrimage more convenient. The abbey was destroyed by Charles V in 1544, and it is believed Schetzelon's relics were moved to the church of Our Lady at the castle of Luxembourg.
Schetzelon is sometimes confused with another called Gezelin .
Humility is the mother of many virtues. From it spring obedience, holy fear, reverence, patience, modesty, mildness, and peace; for, whoever is humble easily obeys all, fears to offend any, maintains peace with all, shows himself affable to all, is submissive to all, does not offend or displease any, and does not feel the insults which may be inflicted uponhim. He lives happy and contented, and in great peace.-St. Thomas of Villanova
16. And when you fast, be not as the hypocrites, sad. For they disfiguretheir faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Amen I say to you, theyhave received their reward. 17. But thou, when thou fastest anoint thy head,and wash thy face; 18. That thou appear not to men to fast, but to thyFather who is in secret: and thy Father who seeth in secret, will repaythee. (Matthew 6:16-18)
Hail, Mother and Virgin, imperishable temple of the Godhead, venerable treasure of the whole world, crown of virginity, support of the true faith on which the Church is founded throughout the whole world.
Mother of God, who contained the infinite God under your heart, whom no space can contain: Through you the Most Holy Trinity is adored and glorified, demons are vanquished, satan cast down from heaven and into hell,and our fallen nature again assumed into heaven.
Through you the human race, held captive in the bonds of idolatry, arrives at the knowledge of the truth.
What more shall I say of you?
Hail, through whom kings rule, through whom the only-begotten Son of God has become a star of light to those who were sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death. Amen.
"All of us are united with Christ inasmuch as we have received Him who is one and indivisible in our bodies. Therefore we owe the service of our members to Him rather than to ourselves."-Saint Cyril of Alexandria.