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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James. Known as James the Greater, he was born at Bethsaida, the son of Zebedee and the brother of the apostle, John. He left his fisherman’s trade to follow the Master, and was killed by King Herod about 42 A.D. He is especially venerated in Compostella, where there is a basilica dedicated in his honour, […]
Martha. Sister of Mary and Lazarus, Jesus’ friends. She complained bitterly that Mary was leaving her to do all the serving and running about, and Jesus quietly reminded her that Mary had chosen the better part – to just sit and listen to what he had to say –“Martha, Martha, you worry and fret about […]