St. Waudru or Waldetrudis (Feast: April 9)
Waldedrudis, or Waudru in French, was the daughter of the Duke of Lorraine, St. Walbert and his wife St. Bertilia and closely related to the Merovingian royal family. Her sister, St. Aldegundis of Maubeuge, was a foundress and abbess.
Waldedrudis was married to the noble St. Vincent Madelgar, Count of Hainault with whom she had four children, all of them canonized saints.
Although her family life was serene and exemplary, she suffered much from the slander of others, and from severe interior trials and temptations.
God, after some years, recompensed her fidelity with a holy peace, and great spiritual consolations.
Sometime after the birth of their fourth child, the Count Madelgar withdrew into the Benedictine Abbey of Haumont which he had founded, taking the name of Vincent.
Waldedrudis retired to a small house where she lived a life of prayer, poverty and simplicity. Such was the influx of people seeking her counsel, however, that the holy matron eventually founded a convent around which grew the city of Mons in Belgium.
St. Waudru, as she is known in Belgium, was renowned for her works of charity and for the numerous miracles she performed during her life and after death. She is the patroness of Mons.
Photos by: Guy Debognies
DAILY QUOTE for April 9, 2020
SAINT OF THE DAY
St. Waudru or Waldetrudis
He hung on a cross that day, writhing in pain and discomfort, the infamous highwayman.