Daily Martyrology for October 5

In 1399, at Nuremberg, Blessed Raymund of Capua. He came from a noble family, studied at Bologna, and joined the Dominicans. He served in Rome, Florence and Siena, where he met St. Catherine (April 19) and became her guide. Raymund supported her efforts to launch a crusade against the Turks and end the Western Schism. He later became Master General of the Dominicans and worked to reinvigorate the order.

In 1347, in the convent of the Hospitallers of St. John at Beaulieu, in France, St. Flora. A fifteenth-century life of the saint reports that she was devoted to prayer but suffered demonic attacks, especially temptations against chastity. One story says that the prioress challenged her as she was sneaking some of the monastery’s bread to poor people; when she opened her cloak, the bread had turned to flowers.

In 1926, Blessed Bartholomew Longo. With his wife, Countess Anna De Fusco, he worked to evangelize people in the area of Pompeii, where he established a shrine, orphanages, a printing house and other enterprises.

In 1938, in Krakow, St. Faustina Kowalska. She was born into a poor family, and after working as a maid, joined the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at 19. She worked as a lay sister in various jobs while developing her interior life. She had a vision of Divine Mercy, in which multi-colored rays of mercy flowed from Christ’s heart. She kept a diary, which has been published. Pope John Paul II dedicated the Second Sunday after Easter to the Divine Mercy.

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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.