Friday, January 24, 2014

St. Clotilda

St. Clotilda married the pagan King Clovis. Whatever private feelings she must have had about the prospects of being with a barbarian she entered into the marriage with faith in God. Her Catholic example was so great that Clovis cried out to "Clotilda's God" when he was in battle. He won the battle and converted along with his kingdom... the land we call France. Clotilda was such a good wife that she saved her husband's soul. Now that's a woman to admire.

3 comments:

Old Bob said...

That's a woman to admire, Amen!
Thank you, Dymphna!
Also - nice picture!

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"St. Clotilda married the pagan King Clovis."

I wonder how the Church dealt with disparitas ritus.

"Whatever private feelings she must have had about the prospects of being with a barbarian"

Barbarian as technical term for Germanic as opposed to Gallo-Roman origin, first of all applied as much to her as to Clovis, second, was not disparaging at the time.

"she entered into the marriage with faith in God."

And some tenderness for the guy.

He had come disguised as a beggar to her castle's door!

Speaking of him, both he and his descendant Clovis II died at 45. Do you think Merovingians were diabetics?

"and converted along with his kingdom... the land we call France."

The lands we now call France, Be-Ne-Lux, Switzerland, Germany. (Bavaria with what is now Austria were added later, as semi-independent parts of same kingdom).

As one born in Austria, I am not likely to forget it was once Ostmark under the rule of Charlemagne, King of Francia (!) and Emperor of Rome, restoring the dignity to the West.

I wonder how St Clotilde is getting along with this other French Queen, the martyr Queen born in Austria, in Heaven.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

Btw, I think St Clotilda could afford a better hair dresser's service than on this painting.

She looks a bit too much like a hippie from the 70's here.

Well, I suppose she might be taking that with a smile.