Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A woman to admire

I was leafing through my new issue of Magnificat and found a entry on St. Bathild of France. She was kidnapped as a girl and brought to France as a slave. There she was seen by the king who offered her not concubinage but marriage. A slave girl became queen. She was a good influence on the king and after his death she was queen regent for her sons and  ruled wisely. She abolished simony, ended the slave trade in her country and ransomed those who had been already sold. She also established abbeys. When her sons were grown and all became kings in their own territories she retired to a convent. She had no problem doing even the most menial tasks even cleaning the bathrooms. Now here is a woman to admire.

4 comments:

newguy40 said...

An excellent example for us of humility and service to God, family and country. One can hardly imagine a Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama to do the same.

Another excellent example of women to admire is St Margaret of Scotland. She was one of my annual patron saints...

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

There is no honest work too menial for a Christian.

Lola said...

Thank you for a new lady to admire!

What a good and gracious example of Christian womanhood.

Her story reminds me of Queen Esther and then some.


Hans Georg Lundahl said...

She founded Corbie and freed slaves.