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Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross
September 14

Caerealis and Sallustia MM (RM)
Died 251. Pope Saint Cornelius instructed the soldier Caerealis and his wife Sallustia in the faith before they were martyred at Rome under Decius (Benedictines).


Cormac of Cashel, King B (AC)
Died 908. Saint Cormac, king of Munster, Ireland, was the son of Cuillenan and descended from King Aengus who Saint Patrick (f.d. March 17) baptized. Cormac was probably the first bishop of Cashel and the compiler of the still extant Psalter of Cashel, an Irish history. Irish writers have celebrated him for his learning, piety, charity, and valor. He was killed in a battle against King Flan of Meath (Benedictines, Delaney, Husenbeth).


Crescentian, Victor, Rosula, and Generalis MM (RM)
Died c. 258. This group of African martyrs are said to have suffered at the same time and in the same place as Saint Cyprian (Benedictines).


Crescentius of Perugia M (RM)
Died c. 300. Saint Crescentius, the 11-year-old son of Saint Euthymius, was captured at Perugia and returned to Rome, where he was tortured and beheaded for confessing his faith under Diocletian (Benedictines).


Blessed Gabriel-John Taurin Dufresse M (AC)
Born at Ville-de-Lezoux, diocese of Clermont, France, 1750; died in China, 1815; beatified in 1900. Blessed Gabriel-John completed his studies at the seminary for foreign missions, and began his missionary work in China in 1777. In 1800, he was consecrated titular bishop of Tabraca. After 15 years of continual danger, Bishop Gabriel-John was betrayed by a native Christian and beheaded (Benedictines).


Maternus of Cologne B (RM)
Died c. 325. Saint Maternus is the first known bishop of Trèves (Trier, Germany), and some say also the bishop of Cologne and Tongern. His name is mentioned in connection with the Donatus controversy. Saint Peter Canisius defends the medieval identification of Saint Maternus with the son of the widow of Naim who was raised from the dead by Jesus. He was said to have been a disciple of Saint Peter (Benedictines). In art, Saint Maternus is a bishop holding a large key. He may also be shown holding three churches combined as one or with a crozier and pilgrim's staff or hermit's crutch (Roeder).


Notburga of Tyrol V (AC)
Born Rattenburg; Tyrol, Germany, 1265; died 1313; cultus confirmed in 1862. Some saints are high-born nobles, prelates of the Church, or exceptional scholars; Saint Notburga was none of these. This peasant fulfilled God's plan for her life as a kitchen servant in the household of Count Henry of Rattenburg. Each day she would give the abundant food left from her master's table to the poor who waited at the side door of the castle. Not content with this, she would even stint her own meals to increase the portion available for the poor.

All was well as long as the count's mother was alive. When his wife, Countess Ottila became mistress of the household, she disapproved of this charity. Ottila gave orders that the broken food was to go into the buckets to feed the pigs. For a time Notburga followed the orders of her mistress and gave to the poor only what she could save from her own food and drink. But soon she again began her old practice secretly until her mistress caught her and dismissed Notburga. The saint then worked for a time for a farmer at Eben, and continued her benefactions.

Notburga's biographer tells us that soon thereafter the count was caught up in the strife between the count of Tyrol and the duke of Bavaria, and attributed his troubles to the meanness of Ottila, who had died shortly after firing Notburga. Henry remarried and Notburga was again hired, this time as housekeeper. She maintained that position until her death, at which point she recommended her beloved poor to her master. She asked Count Henry to lay her body on a farm-wagon and bury her wherever the oxen should finally rest. When this was accomplished, after several miracles en route, the oxen stopped at the doors of Saint Rupert's church at Eben, where she was buried.

By the time her biography was written in 1646, Notburga's story was considerably embellished. There is a charming legend that does not make sense in context that a sickle suspended itself in the air in confirmation of her refusal to reap corn on a Sunday. In art, her emblem is a sickle. Notburga is the patron of hired hands in the Tyrol and Bavaria (Attwater, Benedictines, Walsh).



About Saints of the Day
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