Clodoald (St.Cloud)

Clodoald (St.Cloud)

Saint Cloud moine. mort en 560

Cloud (Clodoald, Clodulphus) of Nogent, Abbot (RM)

Died c. 560. Saint Cloud was the grandson of King Clovis and Saint Clotilde. Upon the king"s death in 511, his realm was divided between his four sons. His second son, Clodomir of Orleans, was killed 13 years later (524) in a battle against his cousin, King Gondomar of Burgundy (who had already murdered Saint Sigismund), leaving three sons to share his dominions, the youngest of which was Clodoald or Cloud. The fatherless boys were thereafter raised in Paris by their grandmother, Saint Clotilde, who lavished them with care and affection, while their kingdom was administered by their uncle Childebert of Paris. When Cloud was eight, Childebert plotted with his brother Clotaire of Soissons, to seize their land by eliminating the boys. Through an agent they gave their mother, Clotilde, the choice of killing her grandsons or forcibly closing them up in a monastery. Childebert"s familiar so twisted Clotilde"s reply that it was made to appear that she had chosen death.

Clotaire seized and stabbed the eldest, 10-year-old Theobald. In fear the second child, Gunthaire, fled to his uncle Childebert, whose heart was so softened by fear and sickened at the brutal murder of his nephew Theobald that he tried to protect him. But Clotaire disapproved of such faintheartedness. He dragged Gunthaire from Childebert"s arms and killed him, too. With his two brothers were murdered, Cloud escaped to safety and lived in hiding in Provence. The uncles suffered the same fate that they imposed on their nephews. It is said that Cloud cut off his hair with his own hands to indicate his renunciation of the world.

When Cloud came of age, he decided that he already knew enough about the world of the court and politics. Although he had opportunities to regain his kingdom, he resigned all claim to the Frankish throne by voluntarily being tonsured as a monk. He then hid himself in a hermit"s cell, where he gained masterly over his passions through austerity and prayer.

Later he placed himself under the discipline of Saint Severinus, a hermit living near Paris. With the guidance of this experienced master the fervent novice made great progress in Christian perfection; but he was troubled at being so close to Paris and the center of power, where he was known. So he withdrew to Provence, where he passed several years, and wrought many miracles. Seeing he gained nothing by the remoteness of his cell from Paris because so many came to him for healing and counsel, he returned to Paris, where he was received with joy. At the earnest request of the people he was ordained priest by Bishop Eusebius of Paris, in 551, and served that church for some time.

Afterwards, he became the abbot-founder of Nogent-sur-Seine near Versailles, which is now a collegiate church of canons regular called Saint Cloud. Until his death at age 36, Saint Cloud was generous in distributing his wealth to churches and the poor, and indefatigable in teaching the people in the area around Nogent. His relics can still be found at Saint-Cloud"s (Attwater, Benedictines, Encyclopedia, Husenbeth, Walsh).

In art, Saint Cloud is portrayed as a Benedictine abbot giving his hood to a poor man as a ray of light emanates from his head. He may also be shown with royal insignia at his feet or instructing the poor (Roeder). He is invoked against carbuncles (Roeder).

Clodoald ou Saint-Cloud ( v. 522-v. 560), pretre.

St. Cloud
Feastday: September 7

On the death of Clovis, King of the Franks, in the year 511 his kingdom was divided between his four sons, of whom the second was Clodomir. Thirteen years later he was killed fighting against his cousin, Gondomar, leaving three sons to share his dominions. The youngest of these sons of Clodomir was St. Clodoald, a name more familiar to English people under its French form of Cloud from the town of Saint-Cloud near Versailles. When Cloud was eight years old, his uncle Childebert plotted with his brother, to get rid of the boys and divide their kingdom. The eldest boy, Theodoald was stabbed to death. The second, Gunther fled in terror, but was caught and also killed. Cloud escaped and was taken for safety into Provence or elsewhere.

Childebert and his brother Clotaire shared the fruits of their crime, and Cloud made no attempt to recover his kingdom when he came of age. He put himself under the discipline of St. Severinus, a recluse who lived near Paris, and he afterwards went to Nogent on the Seine and had his heritage where is now Saint-Cloud. St. Cloud was indefatigable in instructing the people of the neighboring country, and ended his days at Nogent about the year 560 when he was some thirty-six years old. St. Cloud"s feast day is September 7th.

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