Daily Martyrology for January 30

In 680, at the monastery of Chelles, St. Bathild. She was an Anglo-Saxon girl, sold into slavery in France, who eventually married King Clovis II and bore him three sons. When she became regent after the death of King Clovis, she ransomed slaves, founded the monasteries of Corbie and Chelles, and in other ways supported the church. In 665 she retired to Chelles, where she lived as a humble nun.

At Burgos, in 1097, St. Adelelmus. A soldier, he came under the influence of St. Robert of Turlande, abbot of the monastery of La Chaise-Dieu, and joined his monastery. After serving briefly as abbot of La Chaise-Dieu, he was invited by Constance of Burgundy, wife of King Alfonso VI of Castille, to move to Burgos. There she built a monastery for him.

In 1923, at the monastery of Maredsous, in Belgium, Columba Marmion, abbot. He was born in Dublin in 1858 of an Irish father and a French mother. He studied theology in Rome. He served as a chaplain and seminary professor in Dublin for five years, but then asked to become a monk at Maredsous. After teaching for a while in the abbey school, and preaching in nearby churches, he was assigned to the abbey of Mont-Cesar in Louvain, where he was in demand as a spiritual director and retreat master. He was elected abbot of Maredsous in 1909. His spiritual teaching is distilled in three books, Christ, the Life of the Soul, Christ, the Life of the Monk, and Christ in His Mysteries. He was beatified in 2000, along with Popes Pius IX and John XXIII.

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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.