Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ID
ER 264
Sanctulus, presbyter in Norcia (Italy), was a friend of Gregory the Great and used to come to him every year, AD 568/593. Account of Gregory the Great, "Dialogues", Rome, AD 593/594.
III 37.1-3
 
1. Ante dies quoque fere quadraginta uidisti apud me eum, cuius superius memoriam feci, uenerabilis uitae presbiterum, Sanctulum nomine, qui ad me ex Nursiae prouincia annis singulis uenire consueuit. Sed ex eadem prouincia quidam monachus ante triduum uenit, qui grauis nuntii moerore me perculit, quia eundem uirum obisse nuntiauit. Huius ergo uiri, etsi non sine gemitu dulcedinis recolo, iam tamen sine formidine uirtutes narro, quas a uicinis eius sacerdotibus, mira ueritate et simplicitate praeditis, agnoui. Et sicut inter amantes se animos magnum caritatis familiaritas ausum praebet, a me plerumque ex dulcedine exactus, ipse quoque de his quae egerat extrema quaedam fateri cogebatur.
 
2-3. Gregory narrates how Sanctulus came to the group of Longobards trying to press olives for oil in vain.He demanded some oil from them, which only angered them. However, after Sanctulus' prayer, the Longobards were able to gather oil and thanked him.
 
(ed. de Vogüé 1979: 410-414)
III 37.1-3
 
1. About forty days ago, you saw with me the aforementioned presbyter of a venerable life called Sanctulus, who used to come to me every year from Nursia. But three days ago, a certain monk coming from the same province brought me grave news of his death which filled me with sorrow. Although I cannot recall [his] sweetness without sighs, now, however, I can tell without fear about the virtues of this man of wonderful truth and simplicity, which I have learned from the priests [sacerdotes] who were close to him. Urged by me many times out of sweetness, he himself was also forced to confess the extraordinary things he had done, as it is common among souls who love each other to show great and bold familiarity of love.
 
2-3. Gregory narrates how Sanctulus came to the group of Longobards trying in vain to press olives for oil. He demanded some oil from them, which only angered them. However, after Sanctulus' prayer, the Longobards were able to gather oil and thanked him.
 
(trans. Gardner 1911: 166-167; altered by J. Szafranowski)

Place of event:

Region
  • Italy north of Rome with Corsica and Sardinia
  • Rome
City
  • Norcia
  • Rome

About the source:

Author: Gregory the Great
Title: Dialogues, Dialogorum Gregorii Papae libri quatuor de miraculis Patrum Italicorum, Dialogi
Origin: Rome (Rome)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Gregory the Great wrote his Dialogues between 593 and 594 in Rome when he was the Bishop of this city. They were written in order to present lives and miracles of Italian saints, many of them contemporary to Gregory, and the greatest of them, saint Benedict of Nurcia. The Dialogues are divided into four books in which Gregory tells the stories of various saints to Peter, who was a deacon and a friend of Gregory, and is also known from the Gregory`s private correspondence.
Edition:
Grégoire le Grand, Dialogues, ed. A. de Vogüé, Sources Chretiennes 251, 260, 265, Paris 1978-1980.

Categories:

Travel and change of residence
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Fame of sanctity
Reverenced by
Disrespected by
Relation with - Another presbyter
Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
Relation with - Barbarian
Relation with - Monk/Nun
Economic status and activity
Devotion - Supernatural experience
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: J. Szafranowski, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER264, http://presbytersproject.ihuw.pl/index.php?id=6&SourceID=264