“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28)
On This Date…
On August 30 Norbertines celebrate the feast day of Blessed Bronislava, a Norbertine cloistered nun from Cracow, Poland, who died on August 29, 1259 at age 56; she entered the convent at age 16, and that same convent of Norbertine nuns continues in Poland today. As invaders raided the country, Sister Bronislava calmed her sisters and led them to safety in an underground tunnel. After the convent was destroyed by fire, she set up tents on the convent grounds where she and her sisters assisted the sick and hungry people of the town. An image of Blessed Bronislava is in the dome of the Polish Chapel at the National Shrine on the Campus of The Catholic University in Washington, DC. A convent of 40 American cloister Norbertine nuns is in Tehachapi, California.
In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest”. Blessed Bronislava lived those words, in her care for others.
– Father McLaughlin