Our Patron Saint
St. Hubertus or Hubert, born in Toulouse in 656, is the patron saint of hunters, mathematicians, opticians and metalworkers, and used to be invoked to cure rabies. St. Hubert was widely venerated in the Middle Ages. As a youth, Hubert was sent to the Neustrian court of Theuderic III at Paris and, in 682, he married Floribanne, daughter of Dagobert, Count of Leuven, a great and suitable match. Unfortunately, his wife died giving birth to their son, and Hubert retreated from the court, and gave himself up entirely to hunting.
But a great spiritual revolution was imminent. On Good Friday morning, when the faithful were crowding the churches, Hubert sallied forth to the chase. As he was pursuing a magnificent stag or hart, the animal turned and, as the pious legend narrates, he was astounded at perceiving a crucifix standing between its antlers, while he heard a voice saying: "Hubert, unless thou turnest to the Lord, and leadest an holy life, thou shalt quickly go down into hell". Hubert dismounted, prostrated himself and said, "Lord, what wouldst Thou have me do?" He received the answer, "Go and seek Lambert, and he will instruct you."
Hubert set out immediately for Maastricht, for there Lambert was bishop. Saint Lambert received Hubert kindly, and became his spiritual director. Hubert now renounced all his very considerable honors, and gave up his birthright to the Aquitaine to his younger brother, whom he made guardian of his infant son. Having distributed all his personal wealth among the poor, he studied for the priesthood, was soon ordained.
By the advice of St. Lambert, Hubert made a pilgrimage to Rome in 708, but during his absence, Lambert was assassinated by the followers of Pippin. In 720, in obedience to a vision, Hubert transferred St. Lambert's remains from Maastrict to Liège with great pomp and ceremony. A basilica for the relics was built upon the site of Lambert's martyrdom, and was made a cathedral the following year. This laid the foundation of the future greatness of Liège, of which Saint Lambert is honored as patron, and Saint Hubert as founder and first bishop.
His feast day is the 3rd of November.
Great St. Hubert, you were passionate about hunting, but when touched by Divine Grace, you put down your bow and took up the collar of Priesthood. Known for yoiur miracles and the conversion of hundreds, you convinced others to worship and glorify Our Lord. Moved by your example, I implore your help. I ask for the Grace to follow in your footsteps and become a passionate disciple of Christ. Amen.