Saint for the Day - September 28 - St. Wenceslas
Wenceslas was the son
of a Catholic Duke of Bohemia, but his mother was a
hard and cruel pagan. Through the care of his holy
grandmother, Ludmilla, herself a martyr, Wenceslas
was educated in the true faith, and imbibed a
special devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.
On the death of his father, his mother, Drahomira,
usurped the government and passed a series of
persecuting laws. In the interests of the Faith
Wenceslas claimed and obtained, through the support
of the people, a large portion of the country as his
own kingdom. His mother secured the apostasy and
alliance of her second son, Boleslas, who became
henceforth her ally against the Catholics.
Wenceslas meanwhile ruled as a brave and pious king,
provided for all the needs of his people, and when
his kingdom was attacked, overcame in single combat,
by the sign of the cross, the leader of an invading
In the service of God he was most constant, and
planted with his own hands the wheat and grapes for
the Holy Mass, at which he never failed daily to
assist. His piety was the occasion of his death.
Once, after a banquet at his brother's palace, to
which he had been treacherously invited, he went, as
was his wont at night, to pray before the
tabernacle. There, at midnight on the feast of the
Angels, 938, he received his crown of martyrdom, his
brother dealing him the death-blow.
Saint for the Day - St. Wenceslas
Read about the Saint for today - September 28 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
St. Wenceslas teaches us that
the safest place to meet the
trials of life, or to prepare
for the stroke of death, is
before Jesus in the Blessed
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