Daily Martyrology for September 4

The commemoration of Moses, prophet and lawgiver.

In 422, at Rome, St. Boniface I, pope. When he was elderly, he was chosen pope in a disputed election. He eventually was recognized as the pope and proved effective. He supported St. Augustine against the Pelagians.

In the early ninth century, St Ida of Herzfeld. She was married to Eckbert, a Saxon ruler, and bore him five children. She nursed him in his last illness, and then embraced a life of austerity, prayer and kindness to the poor.

In 1166, St. Rosalia, a hermit, who died in obscurity. She is became venerated as the patron of Palermo after the end of a plague epidemic in 1624 was attributed to her intercession.

In 1547, at Carmagnola, in Italy, Blessed Catherine Racconigi. She was born into a very poor family. She had mystical experiences as a young girl. She made a private vow of virginity and became a Dominican tertiary. She spent her life working to help support her family, and praying on behalf of those in purgatory and for those who suffered in Italy's wars.

In 1943, Maria Stella and ten companions, the Blessed Martyrs of Nowogrodek, Belarus. These Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth offered themselves to the Gestapo in place of 129 arrested men. The Nazis shot the nuns and deported many of the men, but all of the deportees survived.

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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.