St. Bathildis — Queen January 30

St. Bathildis was an Englishwoman who was sold as a slave in France. Her gentle self-forgetfulness made her a favorite. King Clovis II was attracted by her virtuous life and made her Queen. This unexpected elevation made no change in her attitude toward others. The sick and the poor were objects of her tender solicitude.

She openeth her mouth with wisdom, and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. — Matins: Third Lesson

The Imitation of Christ
Without charity, the outward work profiteth nothing ; but whatever is done out of charity, be it ever so little and contemptible, it is all made fruitful; inasmuch as God regardeth more out of how much love a man doth a work, than how much he doth.
This lovely saint was taken from her home and made a slave. She was so dutiful that her master soon made her the mistress of his household. She turned this opportunity to wonderful advantage by serving the poor and giving such good example that she won many to a good life and to Christianity.
You have another example today of one who “made the best of things.” No matter what situation you must meet, no matter how difficult your way, some saint has gone through that and worse; and always you have the example of our Savior Who endured more than all the saints combined. Resolve today to make the best of things. You must pass through certain hardships anyway; you may as well gain merit in passing.
Not my will but Thine be done.