St. Ludger was the apostle of Friesland. He was accused to Charlemagne of wasting his income and neglecting the building of churches. The saint was at his prayers when the summons came to appear at court. St. Ludger finished his prayers and then
reported to the king. Upon being reprimanded for his delay, St. Ludger explained that though he entertained the highest regard for his king, he owed greater respect for his God. Charlemagne dismissed him with honor.
Blessed is the man that doth meditate in the law of the Lord: his delight is therein day and night, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. — Matins, First Antiphon
The Imitation of Christ
Speak, then, O Lord, for Thy servant heareth; for Thou hast the words of eternal life.
When uncertain what to do about certain matters, Ludger took his difficulty to the Holy See to be certain he was not teaching or acting contrary to the doctrines of the Church.
Do you readily submit your judgment to those who have more experience than you, or do you assume the attitude of those who “know it all”? Unless they should tell you to commit sin (which never happens), it is always wise to obey the counsels
of your elders.
Experience holds an expensive school, but fools will learn in no other.