Simon of Aulne, Bl.

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Cistercian lay brother; b. c. 1145; d. Aulne (Belgium), Dec. 6, 1229. Although he was related to the counts of Geldern, Simon joined the abbey of aulne sur-sambre as a simple lay brother and was believed to possess the extraordinary gifts of discernment of spirits and prophecy. According to tradition, he was consulted by innocent iii. Simon was buried at Aulne and his relics soon became objects of veneration, although he has never been canonized.

Feast: Feb. 24.

Bibliography: s. lenssen, Hagiologium cisterciense, 2 v. (Tilburg 194849; suppl. 1951) 1:297299.

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