Daily Martyrology for April 13

In the Crimea, in 654, St. Martin I, pope and martyr. While serving in Constantinople he learned about the Monothelite theory that Jesus did not have a human will. When he became pope he called a council at Rome which condemned Monothelitism. The Emperor Constans II had him kidnapped and taken to Constantinople, where he was imprisoned and scourged. He was then exiled to the Crimea. He wrote to the church of Rome, telling them he felt they had neglected him after his arrest. He died of starvation.

In 1113, at the monastery of Vast, Blessed Ida of Boulogne. She was the daughter of Duke Godfrey IV of Lorraine. the wife of Eustace II, count of Bologne, and the mother of the crusader rulers Godfrey and Baldwin. When she was widowed she spent much of her considerable wealth helping monasteries. She was a spiritual associate of Cluny and a friend of St. Anselm.

In Wales, in 1124, St. Caradoc, hermit. He was a harpist at a royal court in south Wales. He became a hermit and priest and spent many years at St. Ismael’s cell.

In 1867, Blessed Scubillion Rousseau. He was born near Dijon and joined the De La Salle Brothers in Paris. At his request he was assigned to the island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean. He ministered there as a teacher and catechist for thirty-four years, particularly among the slaves who worked on the coffee and vanilla plantations.

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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.