In 1066, near Westminster, St. Edward the Confessor. Raised in Normandy, he became king of England in 1042. He was an effective king who defended his country and the crown. He appointed worthy bishops and refounded the abbey at Westminster, where his relics remain.
In 909, in France, St. Gerald of Aurillac. He was a nobleman who received a clerical education. He lived frugally, said lauds and attended Mass daily, and ruled his territory justly. He founded a monastery at Aurillac. According to St. Odo of Cluny (May 11), his biographer, “The poor and the wronged always had free access to him, nor did they need to bring the slightest gift to recommend their cause.”
In 1503, at Trino, in Italy, Blessed Maddalena Panattieri. She was a beautiful noblewoman who became a Third Order Dominican when she was twenty. She began by teaching children, but soon she was speaking to their parents and clergy. She often criticized usury.
In 1916, Blessed Honoratus Kozminski. He came from a devout family, but gave up his religion while in college. He joined the Capuchins and did pastoral work around Warsaw. Placed under house arrest by the Russian government, he devoted himself to hearing confessions and giving spiritual guidance. He founded lay confraternities for people wishing to join a religious community during a period in which the Russians had suppressed all religious orders in Poland.
Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.