Daily Martyrology for November 6

In the sixth century, in Wales, St. Illtud. A seventh-century life of his disciple, St. Samson (July 28) tells that Illtud was ordained a priest by St. Germain of Auxerre (August 3) and became the learned abbot of Llanilltud Fawr. Another source says he founded a monastery on Caldey Island.

In 1414, at Tours, Blessed Jeanne-Marie de Maillé. She was a devout girl who wanted to be a nun; her prayers were thought to have saved a boy who lived near her family. When they grew up, they married and lived as brother and sister. They adopted three children and lived happily for sixteen years. Then her husband, Robert, was wounded in the Hundred Years’ War and their castle was pillaged. Robert was ransomed. Thereafter the two of them added ransom of prisoners to their charitable activities. When Robert died, Jeanne-Marie gave up all her property and lived in poverty in Tours, where she spent the rest of her life praying and visiting prisoners.

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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.