Daily Martyrology for January 25

The Feast of the Conversion of Paul, the story of which is told three times in the Acts of the Apostles. Jesus appeared to Paul as Paul was approaching Damascus and told him, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.”

At Marchiennes, in 1048, St. Poppo, who, after a career as a soldier, entered the monastery of St-Thierry, which was part of the monastic reform promoted by Richard of Saint-Vanne. Emperor Henry II appointed Poppo abbot of the monasteries of Stavelot and Malmedy in 1022, and soon Poppo was given supervision of other monasteries, including Saint Maximin of Trier, Echternach and St. Gall.

In 1366, at Ulm, Blessed Henry Suso, Dominican priest and mystic. His books, the Little Book of Truth and the Little Book of Eternal Wisdom, had great influence on subsequent spirituality.

In 1944, in Alessandria, Italy, Blessed Teresa Grillo Michel. She found herself a childless widow at 36. She was despondent, but reading the life of Joseph Collolengo (April 30) inspired her to start a refuge for the poor. She founded the Little Sisters of Divine Providence, whose work spread to Latin America.

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Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.