Daily Martyrology for June 18

About 431, St. Amandus of Bordeaux, bishop. St. Paulinus of Nola (June 22) was instructed in Christianity by Amandus. Paulinus tells us that Amandus was raised a Christian, was well instructed in the Scriptures, and lived an exemplary life.

In 1165, St. Elizabeth of Schönau. She went to the Benedictine monastery of Schönau when she was twelve. Eleven years later, coping with a bout of depression, she had the first of many visionary experiences. Like Hildegard of Bingen (September 17), with whom she corresponded, she issued prophetic calls for Christians to be true to the vocations God had given them. She left behind a considerable body of writing which survives in numerous manuscripts.

In 1697, St. Gregory Barbarigo, bishop and cardinal. Born of a very wealthy family, he became bishop of Bergamo and later of Padua. He devoted his wealth to charity, and used it to found a seminary and a library. He worked for the reunion of the Byzantine and Roman churches.

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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.