Daily Martyrology for February 11

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, which commemorates the appearances of Mary in 1858 to a fourteen-year-old girl named Marie Bernarde Soubirous. In the course of these, a miraculous spring began to flow. Pilgrimages to the spot began in 1862, and it is now one of the most visited shrines in the world, at which many miraculous cures have occurred.

At Whitby, in 680, St. Caedmon. He was a herdsman of the monastery, who received a vision telling him to sing about the creation of all things. Caedmon then wrote a poem, the earliest surviving poem in English:

Now we must praise the ruler of heaven,
The might of the Lord and his purpose of mind,
The work of the glorious father.
For he, God eternal, established each wonder,
He, holy creator, first fashioned the heavens
As a roof for the children of earth,
And then our guardian, the everlasting God,
adorned this middle earth for men.
Praise the almighty king of heaven!
Afterwards he became a monk and put his poetic gifts at the service of the church.

At Rome, in 731, the death of Pope Gregory II. He was an excellent theologian and administrator. He stood up to Emperor Leo III’s iconoclasm and excessive taxation of Italy. He also warded off an invasion of Rome by the Lombard king Liutprand, who ceded him some territory, the beginning of the papal states. He commissioned and supported St. Boniface in his missionary work among the Germanic tribes. He helped Abbot Petronax to restore Monte Cassino.

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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.