Saint for the Day - June 3 - St. Clotilda
St. Clotilda was
daughter of Chilperic, younger brother to Gondebald,
the tyrannical King of Burgundy, who put him and his
wife, and his other brothers, except one, to death,
in order to usurp their dominions. Clotilda was
brought up in her uncle's court, and, by a singular
providence, was instructed in the Catholic religion,
though she was educated in the midst of Arians. Her
wit, beauty, meekness, modesty, and piety made her
the adoration of all the neighboring kingdoms, and
Clovis I., surnamed the Great, the victorious king
of the Franks, demanded and obtained her in
She honored her royal husband, studied to sweeten
his warlike temper by Catholic meekness, conformed
herself to his humor in things that were
indifferent, and, the better to gain his affections,
made those things the subject of her discourse and
praises in which she knew him to take the greatest
delight. When she saw herself mistress of his heart
she did not defer the great work of endeavoring to
win him to God, but the fear of giving offence to
his people made him delay his conversion. His
miraculous victory over the Alemanni, and his entire
conversion in 496, were at length the fruit of our
Clotilda, having gained to God this great monarch,
never ceased to excite him to glorious actions for
the divine honor; among other religious foundations,
he built in Paris, at her request, about the year
511, the great church of Sts. Peter and Paul, now
called St. Genevieve's. This great prince died on
the 27th of November, in the year 511, at the age of
forty-five, having reigned thirty years. His eldest
son, Theodoric, reigned at Rheims over the eastern
parts of France, Clodomir reigned at Orleans,
Childebert at Paris, and Clotaire I. at Soissons.
This division produced wars and mutual jealousies,
till in 560 the whole monarchy was reunited under
Clotaire, the youngest of these brothers.
The dissension in her family contributed more
perfectly to wean Clotilda's heart from the world.
She spent the remaining part of her life in
exercises of prayer, almsdeeds, watching, fasting,
and penance, seeming totally to forget that she had
been queen or that her sons sat on the throne.
Eternity filled her heart and employed all her
thoughts. She foretold her death thirty days before
it happened. On the thirtieth day of her illness,
she received the sacraments, made a public
confession of her faith, and departed to the Lord on
the 3d of June, in 545.
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St. Peter defines the mission of
the Catholic woman; to win the
heart of those who believe not
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