Oil Dedicated to St Solomon le Clerq
St Solomon le Clerq in Boulogne, France. In 1745 to a devout family. He attended the Brothers’ school there and entered the novitiate in Rouen at age 21. Before named in 1782 as secretary to the Superior General, Brother Agathon. He had been a teacher, director, finance manager, and director of novices. A man of deep spirituality who was quiet, gentle, and somewhat shy, but also engaged and firm.
Brother Solomon lived during the tumultuous time of the French Revolution. When the Catholic Church became a target, all church belongings confiscated. Clergy required to swear the oath of “The Civil Constitution of the Clergy” denying their loyalty to the church. Brother Solomon refused to take the oath and lived in secrecy in Paris. Following his arrest on August 15, 1792. He was subject to a formal interrogation that ended with the question. “Have you taken the oath?” The answer was: “No.”
He then sent to the improvised prison of the Carmelite Convent with others. On September 2, 1792, each of the 166 prisoners put to death by the sword. Brother Solomon and his companions were beatified on October 17, 1926.
On his path to sainthood, St Solomon le Clerq is credited with a miracle that took place in 2007. A five-year-old Venezuelan girl cured of complications from a venomous snakebite through the prayers offered by religious Sisters, children and parishioners before their church’s statue of Brother Solomon, who venerated in the area. Saint Solomon canonized with six others