Daily Martyrology for September 29

The feast of Michael, Raphael, Gabriel and all the angels.

In 1349, Blessed Richard Rolle of Hampole. He studied at Oxford, and became a hermit in his late 20s. He eventually settled at Hampole, not far from a priory of Cistercian nuns. He spent his time praying and counseling; he wrote several works, among them The Fire of Love. One of his maxims is that “The holy lover of God shows himself neither too merry nor full heavy in this habitation of exile, but he has cheerfulness with maturity.”

In 1364, Blessed Charles of Blois. He spent most of his life trying to gain the dukedom of Brittany, to which Duke John III had designated him heir. He was not successful and at one point spent nine years in the Tower of London. Throughout the struggle, he tried to minimize the effects of the war on his subjects. He once suspended a siege so his troops could go Mass.

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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.