Saint Amalburga of Temse and Saint Amalburga of Maubeuge have been mostly lost to history, but the sanctity, miracles, and good works of these saints live on in holy legend.
Saint Amalburga of Temse (also known as Saint Amelia) is a Belgian saint who lived in the eighth century. She was likely a romantic acquaintance of Charlemagne, who fell in love with her grace and beauty and pursued her for seven years. During that time, she continuously refused to marry him, due to her desire and calling to enter a religious life. On one occasion during which he attempted to persuade her physically to marry him, Saint Amalburga threw herself at the foot of the church alter, where she was unable to be moved from by divine and miraculous intervention. Charlemagne tried so strenuously to pull her from her position that he broke her arm, later miraculously cured. Soon thereafter, he fell ill, and only after repenting and giving up his pursuit of Amalburga was he cured of his illness.
Saint Amalburga is also said to have created miraculous springs in the fields, during time of drought, and healed many sick. A small chapel remains in her name, where miraculous cures have been reported. Her relics have resided in Saint Peter's abbey church in Ghent, Belgium since 1073. Saint Amalburga of Temse is the patron of farmers, fishermen, young people struggling to stay faithful to Christ, and those with fevers, bruises and arm pain.
Saint Amalburga of Maubeuge was a Lotharingian (short-lived Western European kingdom, where the modern-day Netherlands now stand) saint who lived in the seventh century. She was born of royalty, and unlike the virginal Amalburga of Temse, married the Duke of Lotharingia. Together, the two holy parents produced four children, each of whom, under her instruction, were later canonized saints for their piety, holy works, and faith.
As she aged, Amalburga felt called more and more to religious life of a nun, and her husband to that of a monk. They eventually parted ways, both joining separate religious orders. Amalburga entered the monastic community at Maubeuge Abbey—a Benedictine cloister. There, she lived out her life in prayer, contemplation, and silence, committing herself to the Lord. Her relics are housed in the Belgian city of Binche.
Inspired by the origins and spiritual history of the Holy Rosary, we continue our meditation on the psalms, one each day, in order, for 150 days.
Today’s Psalm: Psalm 76: Thanksgiving for the Overthrow of Israel’s Foes
1 In Judah God is known;
his name is great in Israel.
2 His tent is in Salem,
his dwelling place in Zion.
3 There he broke the flashing arrows,
the shields and the swords, the weapons of war.
4 You are resplendent with light,
more majestic than mountains rich with game.
5 Valiant men lie plundered,
they sleep their last sleep;
not one of the warriors
can lift his hands.
6 At your rebuke, O God of Jacob,
both horse and chariot lie still.
7 You alone are to be feared.
Who can stand before you when you are angry?
8 From heaven you pronounced judgment,
and the land feared and was quiet-
9 when you, O God, rose up to judge,
to save all the afflicted of the land.
10 Surely your wrath against men brings you praise,
and the survivors of your wrath are restrained.
11 Make vows to the LORD your God and fulfill them;
let all the neighboring lands
bring gifts to the One to be feared.
12 He breaks the spirit of rulers;
he is feared by the kings of the earth.
Day 191 of 365
Prayer Intentions: Comfort in our suffering; Union with Christ.
Requested Intentions: Small business assistance, blessings on jobs, financial aid for college student (M); Financial assistance (F); For a recovery and sanctification (X); For a daughter struggling with disease and illness (T); For all lost children (I); Prosperity, health, healing, and conversion for a family (M); Health and healing of a mother (A); Healing of heart and mind (T); Healing of a new relationship before marriage (K); Healing of a relationship (T); Eternal rest for the dearly departed, end to financial struggles, successful sale of home, ability to travel on pilgrimage (L); For healing of a stomach illness (L); For the repose of the soul of a sister (C); Vocational security for family, Financial security for daughter beginning college (M); Vocational guidance, courage and strength (I); Health for an ailing nephew (A); Those suffering from depression (J); Successful adoption (S); Healing of a father battling cancer (S).
Psalm: Psalm 76: Thanksgiving for the Overthrow of Israel’s Foes
Why pray the Rosary every day for a year?
Each time the Blessed Virgin has appeared-- whether it be to Saint Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes; to Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco at Fatima; or to Mariette Beco at Banneux-- she has asserted the importance, saving grace, and power of praying the Holy Rosary on a daily basis. Based upon her words, the Rosary is penance and conversion for sinners, a pathway to peace, an end to war, and a powerful act of faith in Jesus Christ. Pope Paul VI presented the Rosary as a powerful means to reach Christ "not merely with Mary but indeed, insofar as this is possible to us, in the same way as Mary, who is certainly the one who thought about Him more than anyone else has ever done."
To show us how this is done, perhaps no one has been more eloquent than the great Cardinal Newman, who wrote: "The great power of the Rosary consists in the fact that it translates the Creed into Prayer. Of course, the Creed is already in a certain sense a prayer and a great act of homage towards God, but the Rosary brings us to meditate again on the great truth of His life and death, and brings this truth close to our hearts. Even Christians, although they know God, usually fear rather than love Him. The strength of the Rosary lies in the particular manner in which it considers these mysteries, since all our thinking about Christ is intertwined with the thought of His Mother, in the relations between Mother and Son; the Holy Family is presented to us, the home in which God lived His infinite love."
As Mary said at Fatima, "Jesus wants to use you to make Me known and loved. He wishes to establish the devotion to My Immaculate Heart throughout the world. I promise salvation to whoever embraces it; these souls will be dear to God, like flowers put by Me to adorn his throne."