Saint Liborius of Le Mans (Patron 3 Invoked Against Abdominal Pains)
Saint Liborius of Le Mans was born of an illustrious family of Gaul. And became Bishop of Le Mans, France. He was a trusty companion to St. Marinus (Martin of Tours). They were both bishops neighbors in office. St Liborius was bishop for about 49 years and ordained 217 priests, 186 deacons, and 93 subdeacons and other churchmen. He was buried in the Apostle Basilica of Le Mans. Beside his predecessor Julian, the founder of the bishopric.
Much of the ministerial life of Bishop Liborius covered the second half of the 4th century. By this time, the Roman Empire ended its persecution of Christianity with Emperor Constantine the Great’s Edict of Milan in the year 313. Freed from persecution, the Christian faith was now free to grow. However, during this time, foreign tribes roamed the land. There were chaos and misery.
Bishop Liborius’ Episcopal area had been Christian for some time. But heathen Druids were still active and through their mysterious pagan rites. So, Bishop Liborius built many churches and celebrated the Eucharist with piety and dignity. The well-trained priests in his diocese finally triumphed over the Druids. Nowadays, we would call the works of Bishop Liborius and his clergy at the time as primary evangelization.
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