Humbert, of Avigliana, Italy, succeeded his father as Count of Savoy, France at an early age, having received his education and spiritual formation from a saint, the bishop Amadeus of Lausanne. While serving as the married sovereign of Savoy, Humbert continued his life of deep piety. Following his wife’s death, he withdrew to the Lake Geneva monastery of Aulpes. But his courtiers insisted that for the good of Savoy he should return and re-marry. Humbert acceded to their entreaties, and his second wife gave birth to his first child, Agnes. Tragedy again struck the Savoy household when shortly before Agnes’ wedding both she and her mother died. After marrying a third time and having a son, Humbert withdrew to the monastery of Hautecombe, France, living there in great humility and self-denial. Acounts of his final years vary, with some asserting he died at Hautecombe, and others claiming he died at Chambery while defending Savoy from an invading army. Less than three centuries later, the descendants of Humbert, of the Savoy lineage, became the custodians of the Shroud of Turin.
Wolfgang (d. 994) + Bishop and reformer. Born in Swabia, Germany, he studied at Reichenau under the Benedictines and at Wurzburg before serving as a teacher in the cathedral school of Trier. He soon ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Emma was a relative of Emperor St. Henry II and also known as Hemma. She was raised at Henry's court by St. Cunegund, and according to legend was married to Landgrave William of Friesach. Their two children were murdered during an uprising of mines owned by William. ... continue readingMore Female Saints
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The name Gabriel means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Henoch. He was the ... continue reading
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By Deacon F.K. Bartels
St. Teresa's whole life is one of simple beauty and fervent purpose; it is a life contained in Christ. She shows us how to live the same way through Prayer.On reading from St. Teresa, a deep feeling of her love for His Majesty envelops us; we begin, in a very real, ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes