Saint for the Day - January 30 - St. Bathildes,
St. Bathildes was an
Englishwoman, who was carried over whilst yet young
into France, and there sold for a slave, at a very
low price, to Erkenwald, mayor of the palace under
King Clovis II. When she grew up, her master was so
much taken with her prudence and virtue that he
placed her in charge of his household. The renown of
her virtues spread through all France, and King
Clovis II. took her for his royal consort.
This unexpected elevation produced no alteration in
a heart perfectly grounded in humility and the other
virtues; she seemed to become even more humble than
before. Her new station furnished her the means of
being truly a mother to the poor; the king gave her
the sanction of his royal authority for the
protection of the Church, the care of the poor, and
the furtherance of all religious undertakings.
The death of her husband left her regent of the
kingdom. She at once forbade the enslavement of
Catholics, did all in her power to promote piety,
and filled France with hospitals and religious
houses. As soon as her son Clotaire was of an age to
govern, she withdrew from the world and entered the
convent of Chelles.
Here she seemed entirely to forget her worldly
dignity, and was to be distinguished from the rest
of the community only by her extreme humility, her
obedience to her spiritual superiors, and her
devotion to the sick, whom she comforted and served
with wonderful charity. As she neared her end, God
visited her with a severe illness, which she bore
with Catholic patience until, on the 30th of
January, 680, she yielded up her soul in devout
Saint for the Day - St. Bathildes, Queen
Read about the Saint for today - January 30 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
In all that we do, let God and
His holy will be always before
our eyes, and our only aim and
desire be to please Him.
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