Saint Romuald was born in Ravenna in the middle of the tenth century.
He embraced the hermit's life and for many years traveled through
various lands seeking solitude and establishing small monasteries
while directing himself to a life of perfection by the practice of
virtues. He fought strenuously against the depraved habits of the monks
of his day. He died around the year 1027.
From the life of Saint Romuald by Saint Peter Damian:
Frequently he was seized by so great a contemplation of divinity
that he would be reduced to tears with the boiling, indescribable
heat of divine love. In this condition he would cry out:
Beloved Jesus, beloved, sweet honey, indescribable longing,
delight of the saints, sweetness of angels, and other things of this
kind. We are unable to express the ecstasy of these utterances, dictated
by the Holy Spirit.
through Saint Romuald
you renewed the life of solitude and prayer in your Church.
By our self-denial as we follow Christ
bring us the joy of heaven.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.