Saint for the Day - February 29 - St. Oswald,
Oswald was of a noble
Saxon family, and was endowed with a very rare and
beautiful form of body and with a singular piety of
soul. He was brought up by his uncle, St. Odo,
Archbishop of Canterbury, and was chosen, while
still young, dean of the secular canons of
Winchester, then very relaxed. His attempt to reform
them was a failure; and he saw, with that infallible
instinct which so often guides the Saints in
critical times, that the true remedy for the
corruptions of the clergy was the restoration of the
He therefore went to France and took the habit of
St. Benedict, but returned, only to receive the news
of Odo's death. He found, however, a new patron in
St. Dunstan, now metropolitan, through whose
influence he was nominated to the see of Worcester.
To these two Saints, together with Ethelwold of
Winchester, the monastic revival of the tenth
century is mainly due. Oswald's first care was to
deprive of their benefices the disorderly clerics,
whom he replaced as far as possible by regulars, and
himself founded seven religious houses. Considering
that in the hearts of the secular canons there were
yet some sparks of virtue, he would not at once
expel them, but rather entrapped them by a holy
Adjoining the cathedral he built a church in honor
of the Mother of God, causing it to be served by a
body of strict religious. He himself assisted at the
divine Office in this church, and his example was
followed by the people. The canons, finding
themselves isolated and their cathedral deserted,
chose rather to embrace the religious life than to
continue not only to injure their own souls, but to
be a mockery to their people by reason of the
contrast offered by their worldliness to the
regularity of their religious brethren.
As Archbishop of York a like success attended St.
Oswald's efforts; and God manifested His approval of
his zeal by discovering to him the relics of his
great predecessor, St. Wilfrid, which he reverently
translated to Worcester. He died February 29, 992.
Saint for the Day - St. Oswald, Bishop
Read about the Saint for today - February 29 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
A soul without discipline is
like a ship without a helm; she
must inevitably strike unawares
upon the rocks, founder on the
shoals, or float unknowingly
into the harbor of the enemy.
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