Saint for the Day - April 13 - St. Hermenegild
Leovigild, King of the
Visigoths, had two sons, Hermenegild and Recared,
who reigned conjointly with him. All three were
Arians, but Hermenegild married a. zealous Catholic,
the daughter of Sigebert, Ring of France, and by her
holy example was converted to the faith. His father,
on hearing the news, denounced him as a traitor, and
marched to seize his person.
Hermenegild tried to rally the Catholics of Spain in
his defence, but they were too weak to make any
stand, and, after a two years fruitless struggle, he
surrendered on the assurance of a free pardon. When
safely in the royal camp, the king had him loaded
with fetters and cast into a foul dungeon at
Seville. Tortures and bribes were in turn employed
to shake his faith, but Hermenegild wrote to his
father that he held the crown as nothing, and
preferred to lose sceptre and life rather than
betray the truth of God. At length, on Easter night,
an Arian bishop entered his cell, and promised him
his father's pardon if he would but receive
Communion at his hands. Hermenegild indignantly
rejected the offer, and knelt with joy for his
depth-stroke. The same night a light streaming from
his cell told the Catholics who were watching near
that the martyr had won his crown, and was keeping
his Easter with the Saints in glory.
Leovigild on his death-bed, though still an Arian,
bade Recared seek out St. Leander, whom he had
himself cruelly persecuted, and, following
Hermenegild's example, be received by him into the
Church. Recared did so, and on his father's death
labored so earnestly for the extirpation of Arianism
that he brought over the whole nation of the
Visigoths to the Church. "Nor is it to be wondered,"
says St. Gregory, "that he came thus to be a
preacher of the true faith, seeing that he was
brother of a martyr, whose merits did help him to
bring so many into the lap of God's Church."
Saint for the Day - St. Hermenegild
Read about the Saint for today - April 13 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
St. Hermenegild teaches us that
constancy and sacrifice are the
hest arguments for the Faith,
and the surest way to win souls
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