Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Today's Saints

TUDY

Also known as
Tudelyd; Tybie; Usa
Memorial
30 January
Profile
Consecrated virgin. A church in Dyfed, Wales is named for her.
Born
Welsh
Died
5th century of natural causes
Canonized
Pre-Congregation

SAVINA of Milan

Memorial
30 January
Profile
Martyred for ministering to prisoners and burying martyrs during the persecutions of Diocletian.
Born
Milan, Italy
Died
martyred in 311 while praying at the tomb of Saint Nabor and Saint Felix
Canonized
Pre-Congregation

PHILIPPIAN

Memorial
30 January
Profile
Marytred with 125 companions. No other information has survived.
Born
African
Died
martyred, date unknown
Canonized
Pre-Congregation

Mutien Marie Wiaux

Also known as
Louis Wiaux; Mutien Marie; The Praying Brother
Memorial
30 January
Profile
One of six chidren of a blacksmith whose family was noted for piety. Attended a small country school, and then helped in his father's shop. Joined the Brothers of Christian Schools on 7 April 1852 at age 11, taking the name Muiten Marie. Taught at several elementary schools near Brussels; he was so easy on his students that his classes were known for getting out of hand. Reassigned to music and art classes so he could work with small classes, and work individually with students. He soon became an excellent fine arts teacher, and the one-to-one work led many young people to see and follow his excellent example of a holy life devoted to prayer.
Born
20 March 1841 in Belgium as Louis Wiaux
Died
30 January 1917 of natural causes
Beatified
30 October 1977 by Pope Paul VI
Canonized
10 December 1989 by Pope John Paul II

MATTHIAS

Memorial
30 January
Profile
Bishop of Jerusalem during a period of oppression by the Roman government, Jewish opposition, and general political upheaval in Palestine.
Died
120 of natural causes
Name Meaning
gift of Jehovah (Matthias)
Canonized
Pre-Congregation

Saint MARTINA patron saint of breast feeding and nursing mothers

Memorial
30 January; formerly 20 January; removed from the general calendar in 1969, but not local ones
Profile
Wealthy daughter of a Christian Roman consul. On her parent's death, she gave away her riches to the poor and devoted herself to prayer. Tortured and martyred in the persecution of Alexander Severus for refusing to sacrifice to pagan gods. A basilica is dedicated to her at the Roman forum.

In the time after her death there were a series of biographies and descriptions of her martyrdom written, each more extravagant that the last, and none with historical value. Assorted miracles were ascribed to her, and her story was blended with those of other early martyrs, especially Saint Prisca and Saint Tatiana of Rome. One of the writers claimed that when she was beheaded, her body bled milk, a tale that led to her patronage of nursing mothers.
Died
martyred in 228; relics discovered on 25 October 1634 in a crypt near Mamertine prison at the Roman forum during a church construction project ordered by Pope Urban VIII
Canonized
Pre-Congregation
Patronage
Patron Saint of nursing mothers; Patron Saint of Rome, Italy
Representation
maiden with a lion; being beheaded by a sword; tortured by being hung on a two-pronged hook; receiving a lily and the palm of martyrdom from the Virgin and Child

HYACINTHA of Mariscotti
Memorial
30 January
Profile
Italian nobility. Educated in a Franciscan convent. Franciscan tertiary at Saint Bernardine's convent in Viterbo, Italy for ten years, though with no real enthusiasm; she used her personal funds to insure comfortable lodgings, and none of the privations of the other tertiaries. A serious illness caused Hyacintha's confessor to bring her Communion, which allowed him to see her rooms for the first time. Scandalized at the life she provided herself, the priest told her to live more humbly. Hyacintha took his advice, became humble in her food and dress, did the most menial work in the convent, and replaced her bed with a few bare boards. She became an exceptional mistress of novices, and developed a special appeal for "those who are despised, who are devoid of self-love and who have little sensible consolation." Over the years she developed a special devotion to the sufferings of Christ and, by her penances, became an inspiration to the sisters in her convent. Foundress of the Sacconi or Oblates of Mary, dedicated to working with the aged poor.
Born
1585 near Viterbo, Italy
Died
1640 at Viterbo, Italy of natural causes
Beatified
1 September 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII
Canonized
24 May 1807 by Pope Pius VII

HIPPOLYTUS

Memorial
30 January
Profile
Martyr, renowned in Antioch. No other information has survived.
Canonized
Pre-Congregation

HABERILLA

Also known as
Habrilia
Memorial
30 January
Profile
Hermitess near Mehrerau, Switzerland. She never joined an order, but vowed obedience to the Black Benedictine monastery at Mehrerau.
Died
c.1100

Pope Felix IV
Memorial
30 January
Profile
Son of Castorius; nothing else is known of his early life. Chosen 54th pope at the insistence of Theodoric, king of the Goths. Secured confirmation of the exemption of clerics from civil law, obtained structures for use as churches, and generally used his favored status with Theodoric to benefit the Church. Opposed semi-Pelagianism, writing to settle Church teachings on grace and free will, and approving the work of Saint Caesarius of Arles on the topics. Tried to designate his successor, but civil authorities and many cardinals rebelled at the idea.
Born
Samnium, Italy
Papal Ascension
12 July 526
Died
22 September 530 in Rome, Italy of natural causes; interred in the portico of Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome
Canonized

FELICIAN

Memorial
30 January
Profile
Marytred with 125 companions. No other information has survived.
Born
African
Died
martyred, date unknown
Canonized
Pre-Congregation

BATHILD
Patron Saint of bodily ills, Patron Saint of children, Patron Saint of illness, Patron Saint of sick people, Patron Saint of sickness, Patron Saint of widows

Also known as
Bathildes; Bathildis
Memorial
30 January
Profile
Kidnapped in her youth from her native England and sold into slavery in France to Erkenwald, the Mayor of the Palace of King Clovis II. When grown, she was placed in charge of the household. Married King Clovis II in 649. Queen. Mother of three sons, all of whom became kings: Clotaire III, Childeric II and Thierry I. She used her royal position to protect the Church, and help the poor. Widowed in 655. Regent. Upon taking her late husband's power, she immediately forbade the enslavement of Christians. Endowed religious houses, and helped the work of Saint Eligius. In 665, when her son Clotaire was 15, she handed the throne over to him, and entered the convent of Chelles, spending the rest of her life in prayer and care of the sick.
Died
30 January 680, of natural causes; buried in the Abbey of Chelles
Canonized
by Pope Nicholas I
Patronage
Patron Saint of bodily ills, Patron Saint of children, Patron Saint of illness, Patron Saint of sick people, Patron Saint of sickness, Patron Saint of widows
Representation
crowned nun often performing menial tasks or giving alms to the poor; ladder extending into heaven
Pre-Congregation

BARSIMAEUS

Also known as
Barses of Edessa
Memorial
30 January
Profile
Evangelizing bishop of Edessa, Syria.
Died
250 of natural causes
Canonized
Pre-Congregation

ARMENTARIUS of Pavia

Memorial
30 January
Profile
Bishop of Pavia, Italy.
Died
451 of natural causes
Canonized
Pre-Congregation

ARMENTARIUS of Antibes

Memorial
30 January
Profile
Bishop of Antibes, Provence, France.
Died
711 of natural causes
Canonized
Pre-Congregation


ALEXANDER

Memorial
30 January
Profile
Martyred at an advanced age in the persecutions of Decius.
Died
martyred in the 3rd century
Canonized
Pre-Congregation

Aldegundis
Patron Saint against cancer; Patron Saint against sudden death; Patron Saint against breast cancer; Patron Saint of cancer patients; Patron Saint against childhood diseases; Patron Saint against wounds
Also known as
Adelgundis; Aldegonda; Aldegonde; Aldegondes; Aldegun; Aldegunais; Aldegund; Orgonne
Memorial
30 January
Profile
Daughter of Saint Walbert and Saint Bertilia; sister of Saint Waldetrudis; aunt of Saint Madalberta. Lived in the convent at Mons with Waldetrudis. Benedictine abbess. Hermitess at Mauberge; her cell became the core of a Benedictine monastery she founded and served as its first abbess. Visionary. Friend of Saint Humbert of Pelagius.
Born
c.633 at Hainault, Belgium
Died
30 January 684, probably of breast cancer, at Maubeuge, France
Canonized
Pre-Congregation
Patronage
Patron Saint against cancer; Patron Saint against sudden death; Patron Saint against breast cancer; Patron Saint of cancer patients; Patron Saint against childhood diseases; Patron Saint against wounds


ADELELMUS

Also known as
Adelelm; Aleaunie; Alleaume; Elesmes; Lesmes
Memorial
30 January
Profile
Manservant. Soldier for France, with a promising career. While on pilgrimage to Rome, he met Saint Robert at Chaise-Dieu monastery, Issoire. Soon after, Adelelmus retired from military life to become a Benedictine monk at Issoire under the spiritual direction of Saint Robert. Known as a miracle worker.

Adelelmus's reputation for holiness spread. Constance of Burgundy, Queen of Castile, was so impressed by him that 1079 she and King Alphonsus VI of Castile built a monastery in Burgos, Spain on condition that he serve as its first abbot. He soon after added a church and hospital to the house. Joined in the war to drive the Moors from Spain.

One night, while out on some holy business, abbot Adelemus and his aide were caught in a storm. Adelelmus odered his assistant to light a candle so they could see to finish their journey. Not only was he able to light the exposed candle in the rain, but it stayed lit throughout their whole wet, windy, stormy trip.
Born
11th century at Laudun, Poitou, France
Died
c.1100 of natural causes
Patronage
Patron Saint of Burgos, Spain, Patron Saint of butlers, Patron Saint of domestic servants, Patron Saint of housemaids, Patron Saint of maids, Patron Saint of manservants, Patron Saint of servants,

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