Saint for the Day - July 4 - St. Bertha
Bertha was the daughter
of Count Rigobert and Umana, related to one of the
kings of Kent in England. In the twentieth year of
her age she was married to Sigefroi, by whom she had
five daughters, two of whom, Gertrude and Deotila,
are Saints. After her husband's death she put on the
veil in the nunnery which she had built at Blangy in
Artois, a little distance from Hesdin.
Her daughters Gertrude and Deotila followed her
example. She was persecuted by Roger, or Rotgar, who
endeavored to asperse her with King Thierri III., to
revenge his being refused Gertrude in marriage. But
this prince, convinced of the innocence of Bertha,
then abbess over her nunnery, gave her a kind
reception and took her under his protection. On her
return to Blangy, Bertha finished her nunnery and
caused three churches to be built, one in honor of
St. Omer, another she called after St. Vaast, and
the third in honor of St. Martin of Tours. And then,
after establishing a regular observance in her
community, she left St. Deotila abbess in her stead,
and shut herself in a cell, to pass the remainder of
her days in prayer. She died about the year 725. A
great part of her relics are kept at Blangy.
Saint for the Day - St. Bertha
Read about the Saint for today - July 4 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
The thought of the world to come
will always make us happy, and
yet strict with ourselves in all
our duties. The more perfect we
become, the sooner shall we
behold that for which St.
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