To prove her innocence this saint walked over red-hot plow-shares in the presence of her husband, St. Henry. Upon the death of St. Henry she became a Nun in a monastery which she herself had founded. She was an example to all of humility and kindness. The poor and the sick were special objects of her solicitude.
She hath put out her hand to strong things, and her fingers have taken hold of the spindle. She hath opened her hand to the needy, and stretched out her hands to the poor. — Epistle: Proverbs 31
The Imitation of Christ
They renounced all riches, dignities, honors, friends, and kindred; they hardly took what was necessary for life: it grieved them to serve the body even in its necessity.
This sweet, retiring saint was an empress of the Roman empire. After her husband’s death, she became a religious, her greatest desires being to humble herself and be everybody’s servant as our Savior had been.
Genuine Christian charity is the loveliest courtesy you can have. Be just as attentive as you can to the wants of others today, to your parents and teachers most of all, and note how good it makes you feel tonight.
Everyone that doth not renounce all that he possesseth cannot be My disciple.