Saint Henry – Saint of the Day – July 13

Saint Henry

Saint Henry was a pious Roman Emperor who reigned for 10 years between 1014 AD and the time of his death in 1024 AD. He was born on 6 May 973 in Bad Abbach, Germany.

St. Henry Biography

St. Henry was born on 6 May 973 AD to Duke Henry of Bavaria and Princess Gisela of Burgundy. During his childhood, Henry was educated and guided spiritually by a diocesan, St. Wolfgang of Regensberg. Henry was a hardworking and devout student, and for a while, he was considered for the priesthood.

St. Wolfgang’s exercises in devotion and philanthropy left an enduring imprint on Henry’s spirit. However, it was eventually in the political domain, not the Church, that he would try to practice these excellencies. He took on his dad’s see as Duke of Bavaria in 995, one year after St. Wolfgang’s passing. The Church upheld his increase to the position of royalty as King of Germany in 1002.

Saint Henry as a King

As a ruler, Henry urged the German religious administrators to change the acts of the Church as per canon law. During a similar period, he is said to have carried a serene end to a revolt in his region. This ended with the King tolerantly absolving the rebels. Henry likewise acted conclusively, yet not brutally, against an Italian aristocrat who set himself up as an opponent ruler.

Saint Henry
Saint Henry

In 1014, the German King travelled to Rome where Pope Benedict VIII officially delegated him as leader of the Holy Roman Empire. The head showed his devotion to the Pope by affirming Benedict VIII’s position over the city of Rome. Henry made his voyage from Rome back to Germany into a journey of sorts, halting at different cloisters en route.

Henry turned into an extraordinary benefactor of holy places and religious communities, giving such an extensive amount his riches to them that his relatives griped that he was carrying on unreliable. In any case, Henry was a long way from untrustworthy, as his authority of the Western Empire in both war and harmony illustrated. The ruler was likewise an extraordinary supporter of poor people, making gigantic commitments for their alleviation.

The head’s remarkable liberality was made conceivable to some extent by his absence of a beneficiary. He was hitched to a lady who was later consecrated in her own right, St. Cunigunde of Luxembourg, however, the two had no kids. A few records state that the couple took pledges of virginity and never fulfilled their marriage, however, this clarification of their childlessness isn’t all around acknowledged.

Saint Henry Sickness and death

Throughout the last years of his life, Henry needed to manage his serious disease and an extra infirmity that crippled his left foot, alongside his magnificent duties. He sought help in prayers during these trials and truly considered leaving his supreme authority so as to turn into a priest.

Following a long period of sickness, St. Henry died on 13 July 1024. The public grieved earnestly for the ruler who had figured out how to lead his natural kingdom so mindfully without dismissing the Kingdom of God. He was canonized by Pope Eugene III in 1146 AD.

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