Daily Martyrology for December 24

About 550, St. Tharsilla, the aunt of St. Gregory the Great, who lived with her sister Emiliana as a nun in her father’s house.

In 1728, Blessed Bartholomew dal Monte. He left his father’s banking business to become a priest. He devoted his life to preaching missions, inspired in part by a mission he attended that was preached by Leonard of Port Maurice (November 26).

In 1865, at Bergamo, Blessed Paula Cerioli. Her husband died when she was in her late thirties. Her children had all died, so she devoted herself to the care of poor children, especially those in rural areas.

In Lebanon, in 1898, St. Sharbel Markhlouf. He was born of a poor family in a remote village. He joined a monastery when he was twenty-three, trained at several others, and was ordained a priest. He spent the rest of his life as an austere hermit, devoting his days to preparation, celebration and thanksgiving for the Eucharist. His grave became a much-visited pilgrimage shrine. He was beatified at the Second Vatican Council.

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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.