Adelaide was born in its first 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 parent promised her in matrimony to Hugh’s son, Lothaire. At the tender age of 16, Adelaide was wed to Lothaire, and her mother, who was now widowed, married “his fathers”, Hugh.
The peace did not last long after this; however, as a humankind identified Berengarius, the Marquis of Ivrea, tried to claim the Kingdom of Italy for himself. He coerced 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 repudiation. 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 priest came and dug a tunnel to where she was being kept and helped her escape. She remained hidden in the lumbers until the Duke of Canossa, Alberto Uzzo, who had found out about her flee, came and carried her to his castle. During this time the Italians had turned against Berengarius and had forced Otho to conquer Italy. His invasion was successful and while in Canossa he converged Adelaide and resolved up marrying her on Christmas Day, 951 at Pavia.
While this marriage did not secure any claims to Italy, the people so liked Adelaide that subjugating the headland was fixed easy. Adelaide became so popular with the person or persons 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, stirred Adelaide’s life so dreary because of her jealousy that Adelaide terminated up leaving law and stirring her mansion at Pavia.
However, Theophano died abruptly and Adelaide was called to take over her role of regent. She reigned with great profundity and enjoy. She never took retaliation against her opponents and her tribunal was like a monastery or religious withdraw live. “Shes had” countless convents and churches built in several provinces and evangelized constantly, trying to convert gentiles to Christianity. In the year 999, on her mode to visit with her nephew, Rudolph, Adelaide died while staying in a convent which she had founded at Seltz. Her relics are enshrined in Hanover.
1. Apparent adversities or disappointments can prove to be spiritual openings. St. Adelaide squandered her contests and exile to develop a rich spiritual life filled with good works, which eventually extended her to locate countless monasteries and convents.
2. Our efforts to serve God can bear fruit many years later. The monasteries and convents Adelaide founded in the 900 s, as well as her efforts to evangelize the Slavic beings, can be seen today.
3. Reconciliation — which Adelaide freely sacrificed 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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