10th March


The Servant of God Hugh of Digne


Confessor, First Order

Hugh, known as Hugh of Bareol, was born at Digne sometime during the 13th century, was widely renowned as a man of great piety, wisdom and learning. His fame reached the king of France, Louis IX, (later the saint) who was reigning at that time.

When the latter returned from a crusade in the Orient in 1224, he ordered Hugh to preach before him and his assembled court. With apostolic frankness the servant of God spoke forcefully against the vices that were prevalent among the courtiers: pride, intrigue, envy and sensuality.

Neither did he spare the many religious found among the king’s retainers. He made it clear to them that remaining longer at court amid the business and pleasure of court life; they were exposing themselves to the danger of damnation.

Finally he addressed the king himself, earnestly appealing to him ever to govern with justice and without regard of persons if he wished to keep his dynasty reigning in peace; for, according to the words of Holy Writ, “ a kingdom is translated from one people to another because of injustices and wrongs and injuries and diverse deceits” (Eccli,10:8).

The king, who preferred truth to flattery, was edified and deeply moved at Hugh’s words. He besought him to remain about his as his preacher and spiritual adviser. Hugh, however, steadfastly declined the invitation, and on the following day withdrew to a secluded little convent in the mountains. There he wrote many inspired works for the benefit of the order and of pious Christians. His principle work was a thoughtful explanation of the rule of the Friars Minor, (written between 1241 and 1242.) which enjoys great prestige, even to this day.

God, so to say, placed the seal of approval on the sanctity of Hugh’s life by many miracles, some of which are recorded in his lifetime. The gift of prophecy was also granted to him. History records the following incident in proof:

Hugh once visited the convent of the Order of The knights Templars at Marseilles. When they showed him into their magnificent dining hall, he walked up and down a few times and thoughtfully looked at the walls. Then someone asked him what he thought of the hall and he answered: “this hall will one day be a comfortable stable for horses.” Before fifty years had elapsed, Pope Clement V dissolved the Order of the Knights Templars, and Hugh’s prophecy was literally fulfilled: the great dining hall became a stable for the king’s horses.

Among his "other works is the "Tractus de triplici via in sapientiam perveniendi", attributed to him by Bartholomew of Pisa in his "Conformities" (not to be confounded with the "Incendium Amoris" of Bonaventure, which in several codices bears a similar title). He likewise drew up a set of rules or constitutions for his sister, Douceline of Digne, and other pious women, who formed a sort of religious community known as the Dames de Roubans, with Douceline as their superior. " (Wikipedia)

Damian Carnejo, asserted that Hugh of Digne died at Marseilles, circa 1285 where his remains now rest in the Franciscan church of that city beside those of his sister, Blessed Douceline. Though the process of canonization was began many years ago this was interrupted for political reasons and never resumed.






Prayer of the Church

(Tuesday in the second week of Lent)


In Thy mercy perfect within us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the

strength acquired by this holy observance, that what we know

TGhou hast appointed us to do, we may, by Thy assistance,

be enabled to fulfill.

Through the same Christ Our Lord Who liveth  and reigneth
Thee and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.  Amen



Readings and Prayer: Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed., The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald press, Chicago, Illinois

'Other Works' Wikipedia the Free encyclopedia, modified 11 February 2013, Huge of Digne, wikipedia.org Accessed 12 February 2013, <web:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_of_Digne>


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