Saint Brigid Religious Education
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Feast day: July 13
St. Henry, son of Henry, Duke of Bavaria, and of Gisella, daughter of
Conrad, King of Burgundy, was born in 972. He received an excellent
education under the care of St. Wolfgang, Bishop of Ratisbon. In 995,
St. Henry succeeded his father as Duke of Bavaria, and in 1002, upon the
death of his cousin, Otho III, he was elected emperor.
Firmly anchored upon the great eternal truths, which the practice of
meditation kept alive in his heart, he was not elated by this dignity
and sought in all things, the greater glory of God. He was most watchful
over the welfare of the Church and exerted his zeal for the maintenance
of ecclesiastical discipline through the instrumentality of the Bishops.
He gained several victories over his enemies, both at home and abroad,
but he used these with great moderation and clemency. In 1014, he went
to Rome and received the imperial crown at the hands of Pope Benedict
VIII. On that occasion he confirmed the donation, made by his
predecessors to the Pope, of the sovereignty of Rome and the exarchate
Circumstances several times drove the holy Emperor into war, from which
he always came forth victorious. He led an army to the south of Italy
against the Saracens and their allies, the Greeks, and drove them from
the country. The humility and spirit of justice of the Saint were equal
to his zeal for religion. He cast himself at the feet of Herebert,
Bishop of Cologne, and begged his pardon for having treated him with
coldness, on account of a misunderstanding.
He wished to abdicate and retire into a monastery, but yielded to the
advice of the Abbot of Verdun, and retained his dignity. Both he and his
wife, St. Cunegundes, lived in perpetual chastity, to which they had
bound themselves by vow. The Saint made numerous pious foundations, gave
liberally to pious institutions and built the Cathedral of Bamberg. His
holy death occurred at the castle of Grone, near Halberstad, in 1024.
His feast day is July 13th. He is the patron saint of the childless, of
Dukes, of the handicapped and those rejected by Religious Order.