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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

St. Oswald

(d. 992)


Feastday: February 28



The last acts in the life of today's saint make for an amazing story. In truth, they merely underscore the holiness he exhibited throughout his life.

Born into a military family in 10th-century England, Oswald was a nephew of the archbishop of Canterbury, who raised him and played a crucial role in his early education. Oswald continued his studies abroad in France, where he became a Benedictine monk.

Following his appointment as bishop of Worcester, and later as archbishop of York, he founded monasteries and introduced many reforms. He supported—and improved—scholarship at the abbeys he established, inviting leading thinkers in such fields as mathematics and astronomy to share their learnings.

He was widely known for his sanctity, especially his love for the poor. The final winter of his life was spent at the cathedral in Worcester that he so loved. At the start of Lent in February of the year 992, he resumed his usual practice of washing the feet of 12 poor men each day. On Leap Year Day, February 29, he died after kissing the feet of the 12th man and giving a blessing.

The news of Oswald's death brought an outpouring of grief throughout the city.

Oswald – monk, bishop and archbishop – was acclaimed a saint immediately after his death. His personal piety and devotion had inspired many to repentance and amendment of life; his efforts on behalf of monasticism had produced faithful monks; his care for the poor had endeared him to the people; and his relics brought about many miracles.

Holy Oswald, pray for us!

http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/Saints/saint.aspx?id=1921
http://www.stgregoryoc.org/st-oswald-bishop-and-confessor/

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