Daily Martyrology for February 15

Around 1045, St. Sigfrid, the apostle of Sweden. He was probably a monk of Glastonbury. The spring at Husaby, where he baptized King Olaf of Sweden in 1008, was credited with miraculous powers.

In 1682, at Paray-le-Monial, St Claude de la Colombière. He joined the Jesuits in his youth and studied at Avignon and Paris. He had a special devotion to the Sacred Heart. His devotion was confirmed when he met St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (October 16), who was a nun at the Visitation convent in Paray-le-Monial. He went to England in 1676 as preacher for Maria of Modena, duchess of York. He was arrested in 1678, tried, then banished to France. Largely because of him, devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus spread throughout the world.

In 1824, at Dülmen in Westphalia, Germany, Blessed Anna Katharina Emmerich. When she was a girl she experienced visions, but otherwise had a normal childhood. At twenty-eight she was accepted into an Augustinian convent. She received the stigmata. After the government closed all convents in 1811, there were several investigations of her wounds, which to the investigators seemed to be free of fraud. The poet Clemens Brentano transcribed her visions and published them after her death, though in a altered form.

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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.