Daily Martyrology for March 4

In 1488, in Lithuania, St. Casimir. He was the third child of Casimir IV, king of Poland. As a young man he was very prayerful and active on behalf of the poor. He refused to marry, and at the age of 24 he died of tuberculosis. He is buried in Vilnius. He is the patron saint of Poland and Lithuania.

In 1123, St. Peter of Cava, abbot and bishop. He was a native of Salerno and nephew of St. Alferius (April 10), founder and first abbot of Cava. Peter went to Cluny and stayed there for some years. At the urging of Hildebrand (later Pope Gregory VII, May 27), Abbot Hugh of Cluny (May 11) sent Peter back to Cava, and for a short while he was bishop of Policastro. He was elected abbot and the monastery grew rapidly. The monastery was suppressed in 1861 by the government, but re-opened.

In 1877, in France, Blessed Placide Viel, second superior general of the Sisters of Christian Schools. At the age of 18, she joined St. Marie-Madeleine Postel and her small group of sisters in the ruins of the former Benedictine abbey of Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte. St. Marie-Madeleine posted her to Paris to beg for funds for four years; she was recalled and elected to succeed the founder.

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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.