This saint was one of the most successful lawyers of his day. He was admired for his eloquence but much more so for his integrity and the blamelessness of his life. He was consecrated a bishop without having gone through the usual preliminary preparations.
Therefore by an oath did the Lord make him to increase among his people. Vespers, Antiphon
The Imitation of Christ
They shall gain great freedom of mind, who for Thy Name enter upon the narrow way, and relinquish all worldly care.
Fourth Great Antiphon: Key of David and scepter of the house of Israel, who openest and no man shutteth, who shuttest and no man openeth; come and bring forth from the prison house the captive that sitteth in darkness and in the shadow of death.
Now that Christmas is so very near, you must have something to present at the Crib. Nothing would so please the Baby Christ as the soul of some stray sheep of His flock brought thither by your prayers.
The shepherds said: Let us go over to Bethlehem.