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St. Maura

Maura was born in the ninth century at Troyes in Champagne. A exceedingly prayerful child, she was able through her lesson and passionate petitions to convert her part kinfolk to Christ.

Throughout her life, this virgin remained devoted to prayer and was most obedient and charitable to all. After her father’s death, she cared for her mother as well as serving the poor and the Church. It rejoiced her to clear sacred vestments, shave the lamps, and educate wax and other things for the altar. She spent long hours in religion, admiring God, praying to her see Redeemer, and ruminating on His life and passion.

She fasted twice weekly, on Wednesdays and Fridays, on bread and water only. She called with her spiritual director frequently, ambling barefoot over five miles to the monastery to see him.

So wonderful was her gift of cries, that she was seen often on her knees with ruptures streaming down her face out of love and exultation. God play-act countless supernaturals in her praise, but out of humility she would avoid all approval or praise from humans.

St. Maura died at senility twenty-three. Her relics and epithet are honored in several schools in France and she is also mentioned in the Gallican Martyrology.

Other Saints We Remember Today

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St. Willibrord( 739 ), Bishop, Patron of Holland

St. Engelbert( 1225 ), Archbishop, Martyr

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