Interim Saints - March 20th
Nothing whatever is known of S. Joachim, except what is related in the
Apocryphal Gospels . . .
CUTHBERT, bishop of Lindisfarne (A.D. 687)
For the life of St Cuthbert, members are referred to "Two Lives of
Saint Cuthbert: Text, Translation and Notes by Bertram Colgrave"
(Cambridge 1940). Contains the life by the anonymous monk of
Lindisfarne, and Bede's prose life. The body of Cuthbert is purported
to lie in Durham Cathedral, but:
" . . . there can be little doubt that they who so highly valued this
sacred treasure substituted for it another body, which they laid in the
ponfical vestments of Cuthbert, which was buried as his in his coffin.
Where the prior and monks concealed the holy relics, if this conjecture
prove true, it is impossible to state. That htere is ground for the
conjecture may be concluded from the existence of a tradition to this
effect, and it is said that the true place of the interment of the
saint is only known to three members of the Benedictine Order who, as
each one dies, choose a successor . . ."
Fr Anselm, are you one of the three? Or would you say if you were?
WULFRAM, bishop of Sens (A.D. 741)
Wulfram was born at Milly, three leagues from Fontainebleau, of a noble
family . . . After about twenty years of labour in Friesland, his
health failed . . . He died on March 20th, in the year 720.
[There is a magnificent church dedicated to St Wulfram in Grantham,
Lincolnshire. The spire can be seen from the train. The church
contains a most interesting chained library, the result of a
benefaction of £100 in the early 16th century, which was spent on books
TWENTY MONKS, martyrs at S. Sabas (A.D. 797)
The laura of S. Sabas between Jerusalem and Bethlehem stood in a
situation exposed to hostile attack. In the invasion of Palestine by
Chosroes, the monastery did not escape, but yielded up sixty martyrs to
God. In 797, twenty more perished in an incursion of the Arabs.
AMBROSE OF SIENNA, O.P. (A.D. 1287)
During the forty-nine years of his monastic life, he maintained the
utmost self-discipline . . .
He preached with singular fire and action. In the Lent of 1286, he
broke a blood-vessel as he was preaching, and was obliged to leave the
pulpit. The hæmorrhage ceasing next day, he insisted on resuming his
sermon, but the vessel burst again, and he . . . breathed forth his
pure soul in the sixty-sixth year of his age, on March 20th, 1286.
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