— Emperor and Confessor
St. Henry, surnamed the Pious, was king of Bavaria. In a vision he saw his guardian, St. Wolfgang, pointing to the words, “After six.” This moved him to prepare for death. After six years he was made king. His six years of preparation for death had fitted him admirably for kingship. He was a model ruler, an intrepid soldier, and at all times a most devout Catholic.
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he hath been proved, he shall receive the crown of life. — Gradual
The Imitation of Christ
Snatch me away, and rescue me from all unstable comfort of creatures; for no created thing can fully quiet and satisfy my desire. Join me to Thyself with an inseparable bond of love; for Thou alone art sufficient for the soul that loveth Thee, and without Thee all other things are frivolous.
One day when St. Henry was praying in a church at Rome, he saw our Lord Himself saying Mass, assisted by St. Laurence and St. Vincent. After the Gospel, our Lord sent an angel to give St. Henry the Missal to kiss. The angel touched St. Henry slightly on the thigh and said, “Accept this sign of God’s love.” Ever after that St. Henry limped.
Afflictions and sorrows are proofs of God’s love for us. Look upon everything that happens to you today as coming directly from the hand of God. Joys and sorrows will then be meaningful.
Whom the Lord loveth He chastiseth.