Saint for the Day - March 20 - St. Wulfran
His father was an
officer in the armies of King Dagobert, and the
Saint spent some years in the court of King Clotaire
III. and of his mother, St. Bathildes, but occupied
his heart only, on God, despising worldly greatness
as empty and dangerous, and daily advancing in
virtue. His estate of Maurilly he bestowed on the
Abbey of Fontenelle, or St. Vandrille, in Normandy.
He was chosen and consecrated Archbishop of Sens in
682, which diocese he governed two years and a half
with great zeal and sanctity. A tender compassion
for the blindness of the idolaters of Friesland, and
the example of the English zealous preachers in
those parts, moved him to resign his bishopric, with
proper advice, and after a retreat at Fontenelle to
enter Friesland in quality of a poor missionary
He baptized great multitudes, among them a son of
King Radbod, and drew the people from the barbarous
custom of sacrificing men to idols. On a certain
occasion, one Ovon having been selected as a victim
of a sacrifice to the heathen gods, St. Wulfran
earnestly begged his life of King Radbod; but the
people ran tumultuously to the palace, and would not
suffer what they called a sacrilege. After many
words they consented, but on condition that
Wulfran's God should save Ovon's life.
The Saint betook himself to prayer; the man, after
hanging on the gibbet two hours, and being left for
dead, fell to the ground by the breaking of the
cord; being found alive he was given to the Saint,
and became a monk and priest at Fontenelle. Wulfran
also miraculously rescued two children from being
drowned in honor of the idols. Radbod, who had been
an eye-witness to this last miracle, promised to
become a Catholic; but as he was going to step into
the baptismal font he asked where the great number
of his ancestors and nobles were in the next world.
The Saint replied that hell is the portion of all
who die guilty of idolatry; at which the prince
refused to be baptized, saying he would go with the
greater number. This tyrant sent afterwards to St.
Willibrord to treat with him about his conversion,
but before the arrival of the Saint was found dead.
St. Wulfran retired to Fontenelle that he might
prepare himself for death, and expired there on the
20th of April, 720.
Saint for the Day - St. Wulfran
Read about the Saint for today - March 20 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
In every age the Catholic Church
is a missionary church. She has
received the world for her
inheritance, and in our own days
many missioners have watered
with their blood the lands in
which they labored. Help the
propagation of the faith by
alms, and above all by prayers.
You will quicken your own faith
and gain a part in the merits of
the glorious apostolate.
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