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St. Adelaide

Adelaide was born in the year 931, the daughter of Rudolph II, King of Burgundy. At the time of his daughter’s birth, Rudolph was at war with Hugh of Provence for the treetop of Italy. When Adelaide was only two years old, as part of a peace agreement between Rudolph and Hugh, her father-god predicted her in union to Hugh’s son, Lothaire. At the tender age of 16, Adelaide was wed to Lothaire, and her mom, who was now widowed, married “his fathers”, Hugh.

The peace did not last long after this; nonetheless, as a mortal specified Berengarius, the Marquis of Ivrea, tried to claim the Kingdom of Italy for himself. He pushed Hugh to abdicate the throne to his son, Lothaire. He then supposedly poisoned Lothaire and tried to get Adelaide to marry his son, Adalbert. Adelaide refused, however, and was imprisoned for her defiance. Most of her time was spent in solitary confinement in a small room in the Castle of Garda on the Lake of Garda.

It is said that a clergyman came and dug a tunnel to where she was being kept and helped her flee. She remained hidden in the timbers until the Duke of Canossa, Alberto Uzzo, who had found out about her flee, came and carried her to his palace. During this time the Italians had turned against Berengarius and had urged Otho to occupy Italy. His invasion was successful and while in Canossa he converged Adelaide and objective up marrying her on Christmas Day, 951 at Pavia.

While this marriage did not secure any titles to Italy, the person or persons so liked Adelaide that repressing the peninsula was drawn easy. Adelaide became so popular with the people that her daughter-in-law, who was married to Adelaide’s son, Otho, was envious of her and this became a problem. This daughter-in-law, Theophano, represented Adelaide’s life so deplorable because of her resentment that Adelaide intent up leaving courtroom and obliging her residency at Pavia.

However, Theophano died suddenly and Adelaide was called to take over her persona of regent. She predominated with huge prudence and cherish. She never made reprisal against her foes and her tribunal was like a monastery or religious retreat house. “Shes had” numerous monasteries and faiths built in several provinces and evangelized perpetually, trying to convert idolatrous to Christianity. In the year 999, on her path to visit with her nephew, Rudolph, Adelaide died while remained in a convent which “shes had” founded at Seltz. Her relics are enshrined in Hanover.

Lessons

1. Apparent disasters or disappointments can prove to be spiritual openings. St. Adelaide consumed her ordeals and exile to develop a rich spiritual life filled with good works, which eventually resulted her to obtain countless monasteries and convents.

2. Our efforts to serve God can bear fruit many years later. The convents and convents Adelaide founded in the 900 s, as well as her efforts to evangelize the Slavic parties, can be seen today.

3. Reconciliation — which Adelaide freely applied and is presented in her communications with parties — allows God to do great things through us.

Other Saints We Remember Today

St. Eusebius of Vercelli( 371 ), Bishop, Martyr

Sts. Ananias, Azarius, and Misael( 7th Century B.C .), Companions of Daniel

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