“We are ambassadors for Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:20)
On This Date…
On February 10, 1164 Abbot Hugh of Fosses died at the Abbey of Premontre in France at age 70. He had met Saint Norbert for the first time on March 26, 1119 and was deeply affected by Norbert’s words and way of life. He joined the first Norbertine community in 1121 at Premontre and was appointed Prior (Norbert’s first assistant). When Norbert was made an archbishop in 1126 Hugh was elected as the first Abbot, serving until his death. He built the first monastery and the abbey church. Under his guidance the number of Norbertine monasteries grew to 126. He wrote one of the biographies of Saint Norbert. He never used the title “abbot” but “servant of God and Norbert.” Pope Pius XI confirmed the cult of Blessed Hugh in 1927; his remains were moved to the Norbertine headquarters in Rome in 2010. There is a beautiful statue of Blessed Hugh and Saint Norbert in the cemetery at Daylesford Abbey.
At Mass today we heard these words of Saint Paul, “We are ambassadors for Christ”. Blessed Hugh was an ambassador for Christ and Saint Norbert – a good Lenten companion for us.
– Father McLaughlin