Saint for the Day - March 15 - St. Zachary
St. Zachary succeeded
Gregory III., in 741, and was a man of singular
meekness and goodness. He loved the clergy and
people of Rome to that degree that he hazarded his
life for them on occasion of the troubles which
Italy fell into by the rebellion of the Dukes of
Spoleto and Benevento against King Luitprand. Out of
respect to his sanctity and dignity, that king
restored to the Church of Rome all the places which
belonged to it, and sent back the captives without
The Lombards were moved to tears at the devotion
with which they heard him perform the divine
service. The zeal and prudence of this holy Pope
appeared in many wholesome regulations which he had
made to reform or settle the discipline and peace of
several churches. St. Boniface, the Apostle of
Germany, wrote to him against a certain priest named
Virgilius, that he labored to sow the seeds of
discord between him and Odilo, Duke of Bavaria, and
taught, besides, many errors.
Zachary ordered that Virgilius should be sent to
Rome, that his doctrine might be examined. It seems
that he cleared himself; for we find this same
Virgilius soon after made Bishop of Salzburg.
Certain Venetian merchants having bought at Rome
many slaves to sell to the Moors in Africa, St.
Zachary forbade such an iniquitous traffic, and,
paying the merchants their price, gave the slaves
their liberty. He adorned Rome with sacred
buildings, and with great foundations in favor of
the poor and pilgrims, and gave every year a
considerable sum to furnish oil for the lamps in St.
Peter's Church. He died in 752, in the month of
Saint for the Day - St. Zachary
Read about the Saint for today - March 15 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
St. Joseph, the shadow of the
Eternal Father upon earth, the
protector of Jesus in His home
at Nazareth, and a lover of all
children for the sake of the
Holy Child, should be the chosen
guardian and pattern of every
true Catholic family.
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