Catholic Courier

Posted: March 28, 2014

St. Guy of Pomposa

Guy of Pomposa (d. 1046) always dressed very well, because he believed that would be pleasing to his parents. During a celebration of the feast of St Apollinaris, he realized this was a form of vanity, so he decided to change his attitude toward himself in an attempt to improve his life spiritually. He gave his fine clothing to the poor and began to wear the clothes of a poor man. He then spent three years under the spiritual guidance of a hermit, and this time of learning led to him being a member and later abbot of a monastery that was under the direction of the hermit. Guy spent many hours a day alone, praying and fasting. The monks under him admired him, and his example of holiness inspired many men to join the monastery. We honor him on March 31.