January 1 : Clarus, abbot (c. 660)

Clarus, abbot (c. 660)

Died c. 660; cultus approved in 1907. A Latin life of Saint Clarus says that he was a monk in the abbey of Saint Ferreol and later abbot of Saint Marcellus in Vienne, Dauphiny, France. He was noted for his capabilities as a spiritual director, which he exercised at the convent of Saint Blandina where his own mother had taken the veil. He was also known for his deep and 'clear' (whence perhaps his name; 'clarus' is Latin for clear) understanding of theological matters (Benedictines, Encyclopedia). He was spiritual director of convent of St Blandina.