St. Hedwig (1174-1243). Born in Bavaria, she married the Duke of Silesia by whom she had seven children (reason enough in itself for sainthood!). Her life was characterised by her devotion and kindness to the sick and the poor, for whom she built hostels (no N.H.S.). On the death of her husband, she retired to a monastery at Trebnitz, where she ended her life.
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St. Vincent, deacon of the Church in Saragossa, suffered terrible tortures and died a martyr’s death in Valenica during the persecution of Emperor Diocletian. Picture: St. Vincent of Saragossa (Menologion of Basil II, 10th century).
St. Francis de Sales was born at Annecy in Savoy in 1567. After ordination to the priesthood, he worked strenuously for the renewal of faith in his own country. After he was elected Bishop of Geneva he showed himself a true shepherd. Died at Lyons, 1623.
From being one of the great persecutors of The Way he became its greatest proponent. On his way to Jerusalem to arrest some of this new Christian sect, he was thrown from his horse and heard a voice saying, “Saul Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” “Who are You, Lord?” – I am Jesus and […]