In the first century, St. Veronica, who is said to have wiped Jesus' face with a cloth when he was on the way to Calvary. The first report of this event is from the fourth century. Her story was connected with a widespread devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus in the Middle Ages.
In 1073, St. John Gualbert, abbot of Vallombrosa. John entered the monastery of San Miniato in Florence, but left after four years to seek a more austere was of life. He visited St. Romuald’s hermitage at Camaldoli, and then set up his own monastery at Vallombrosa, about twenty miles east of Florence. His monks were to live austere lives devoted to contemplation. He incorporated lay brothers into the life of his monastery. His congregation grew to fifty monasteries and joined the Benedictine Confederation in 1966.
Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.