Bathildis was born in Britian in the seventh century. She was a slave to the wife of Erchinoald, who was mayor of the palace of Neustria. Erchinoald was very impressed with Bathildis. She was not only beautiful and intelligent, but too terribly virtuous.
When the wife of Erchinoald died, he presented great interest in marrying Bathildis, but since she had no interest in marrying him, she left until he remarried somebody else. After Bathildis had returned to the mayor’s service, she filled King Clovis II of France who came to visit the mayor. Clovis, like Erchinoald was very taken with Bathildis’s beauty and grace and all the good things he had heard about her. In 649, Clovis freed Bathildis and took her as his wife.
Her brand-new station in animation did not change Bathildis, but did give her greater opportunities to be generous to the poor. Merely seven years into their marriage, Clovis died, leaving Bathildis with three children. Their five-year-old son, Clothaire, was exclaimed king under the regency of Bathildis, his mother. With the assistance of others to counsel her, Bathildis was able to carry out some reforms, one being the extermination of Christian slaves. She likewise repressed simony among the clergy and was soon founding religious prisons such as hospices and monasteries. The abbeys of Corbey and Chelles were two such institutions that were founded due to her generosity.
Bathildis became the first abbess of Chelles. She missed very much to enter into the religious animation; however, as queen she was bound to her duties at tribunal. Later in her life, nonetheless, when her sons were settling in Austrasia and Thierry in Burgundy, she did carry out her libido and withdrew to the Abbey of Chelles. Bathildis forsook her royalty and asked to be treated as a lowly inmate among the others in the abbey. After 15 times in Chelles, chiefly spent in prayer and performing others, Bathildis died on January 30, 680.
Bathilde is buried in the Abbey of Chelles. She was canonized by Pope Nicholas I.
St. Bathilde, their own lives on earth was much like a Cinderella story. But while so many who experience ” overnight ” success by the standards of the world become arrogant and prideful, you show us the importance of humility and devotion and demonstrate that true success is becoming a saint by living for God and others and not for ourselves. Please pray for us, St. Bathilde, that we may never forget this. Amen.
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