Saint for the Day - April 3 - St. Richard of
Richard was born, 1197,
in the little town of Wyche, eight miles from
Worcester, England. He and his elder brother were
left orphans when young, and Richard gave up the
studies which he loved, to farm his brother's
impoverished estate. His brother, in gratitude for
Richard's successful care, proposed to make over to
him all his lands; but he refused both the estate
and the offer of a brilliant marriage, to study for
the priesthood at Oxford. In 1235 he was appointed,
for his learning and piety, chancellor of that
University, and afterwards, by St. Edmund of
Canterbury, chancellor of his diocese.
He stood by that Saint in his long contest with the
king, and accompanied him into exile. After St.
Edmund's death Richard returned to England to toil
as a simple curate, but was soon elected Bishop of
Chichester in preference to the worthless nominee of
Henry III. The king in revenge refused to recognize
the election, and seized the revenues of the see.
Thus Richard found himself fighting the same 1
battle in which St. Edmund had died. He went to
Lyons, was there consecrated by Innocent IV. in
1245, and returning to England, in spite of his
poverty and the king's hostility, exercised fully
his episcopal rights, and thoroughly reformed his
After two years his revenues were restored. Young
and old loved St. Richard. He gave all he had, and
worked miracles, to feed the poor and heal the sick;
but when the rights or purity of the Church were
concerned he was inexorable. A priest of noble blood
polluted his office by sin; Richard deprived him of
his benefice, and refused the king's petition in his
On the other hand, when a knight violently put a
priest in prison, Richard compelled the knight to
walk round the priest's church with the same log of
wood on his neck to which he had chained the priest;
and when the burgesses of Lewes tore a criminal from
the church and hanged him, Richard made them dig up
the body from its unconsecrated grave, and bear it
back to the sanctuary they had violated. Richard
died in 1253, while preaching, at the Pope's
command, a crusade against the Saracens.
Saint for the Day - St. Richard of Chichester
Read about the Saint for today - April 3 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
As a brother, as chancellor, and
as bishop, St. Richard
faithfully performed each duty
of his state without a thought
of his own interests. Neglect of
duty is the first sign of that
self-love which ends with the
loss of grace.
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