Saint of the Day ~ April 9

SAINT CASILDA of TOLEDO (c.950-c.1050), holy woman – Patron saint against sterility

Today, the Church honors Saint Casilda of Toledo (also known as Saint Casilda of Burgos). Some saints’ names are far more familiar to us than others, but even the lives of obscure, holy persons can teach us something about the faith we live and the Love which God holds for each of us.

And so it was with Casilda, the Muslim daughter of the Emir of Toledo, Spain. Casilda had great compassion for Christian prisoners, frequently sneaking them bread hidden in her clothes. Legend has it that she was once stopped by Muslim soldiers and asked to reveal what she was carrying in her skirt. When she began to show them, the bread turned into a bouquet of roses.

She was raised a Muslim, but when she became ill with a uterine hemorrhage as a young woman, she refused help from the local Arab doctors and made a pilgrimage to the sanctuary of Saint Vincent Briviesca in Burgos, Spain, to partake of the healing waters of the shrine.

Upon her being healed, she converted to Christianity and was baptized. Casilda lived out the remainder of her life in solitude and penance, renouncing the world so that she could spend her years giving glory to God in prayer not far from the miraculous spring. It is reported that she lived to be 100 years old and died about the year 1050.

Through her quiet, simple life, Casilda served her Creator – first as a Muslim, then in the fullness of Divine Truth as a Christian true to the teachings of Rome.

We commemorate her feastday on April 9.

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(The following prayer is from the Roman Breviary from the Commons for Holy Women)

“Lord, pour upon us the Spirit of Wisdom and Love with which you filled Your servant, Saint Casilda. By serving You as she did, may we please You with our faith and our actions.

“Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

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