Daily Martyrology for April 14

At Lyons, in 688, St. Lambert, bishop. He served at the court of King Clotaire, then became a monk at Fontenelle. He succeeded the founder, St. Wandrille (July 22), as abbot in 668 and was chosen archbishop of Lyons about 679.

In 1117, St. Bernard, founder of the Benedictine monastery of Tiron. He was a monk in several monasteries before joining the hermits in the forest of Craon, where Blessed Vitalis of Savigny (September 16) and Blessed Robert of Arbrissel (February 24) also stayed. Eventually he founded an abbey at Tiron, where he enforced his strict interpretation of the Rule of St. Benedict. The abbey became the center of a Benedictine congregation. Among its foundations was one on Caldey Island off the south coast of Wales. In the 17th century the Tironian Benedictines merged with the Maurists.

Near Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, in 1433, Blessed Lydwina. She was injured in an ice-skating accident when she was fifteen and spent the rest of her life as an invalid. Her health became worse as time went on, but she learned to unite her sufferings with those of Christ. She had many visions and other preternatural experiences. Her life was written by two of her contemporaries: John Gerlac, her cousin, and Thomas a Kempis.

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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.