Monday, February 29, 2016

February 29: Saint Oswald

A 12th Century painting
of St. Oswald

History

Born during the 10th century in England, Oswald was raised by his uncle, the archbishop of Canterbury. Oswald  became a Benedictine monk. When he became archbishop of York, he started some monasteries and improved education. Oswald especially loved the poor. Every Lent, he would wash the feet of 12 poor men every day, even when he was very old and it was hard to do. On February 29 in the year 992, he washed the feet of the 12th man, gave him a blessing and then died. His final act was serving the poor. 


Activity

In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has called on all Catholics to do corporal and spiritual works of mercy throughout Lent. Today, make an extra effort to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked or shelter the homeless. If you can't think of an idea, call your local Catholic charities or Catholic social services and ask what you can do to help. 

Saint Oswald, pray for us! 

More reading for parents: 

American Catholic
Lives of the Saints
Chamber Book of Days