Moved With Pity

Today’s Word:

Jesus is “moved with pity” for a leper. (Mark 1:41)


On This Date…

Saint Godfrey

Saint Godfrey

January 14 is the feast day of Norbertine Saint Godfrey. He was born into wealth and nobility in 1097, and married his wife, Jutta, in his early 20’s. Godfrey met Saint Norbert in 1121 in Cologne, Germany and was immediately inspired by Norbert’s life and preaching. Saint Norbert professed vows on December 25, 1121 and Godfrey handed over his castle to Norbert on May 31, 1122; it was the first Norbertine monastery in Germany. Godfrey and Jutta became Norbertines as did Godfrey’s younger brother. They cared for the poor and the sick in the hospital attached to the castle. Godfrey died on January 13, 1127.

In today’s Gospel Jesus is “moved with pity” for a leper. Like Jesus, Saint Godfrey had pity on the sick and the poor, a model for us in this “Year of Mercy.”

– Father McLaughlin

Norbertines Foundation in Germany: Feast of Saint Godfrey

Today’s Word:

I know who you are – the Holy One of God. (Mark 1:24)


On This Date…

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Saint Godfrey.

January 14 is the feast day for Norbertine Saint Godfrey. He was born into wealth and nobility, and married his wife, Jutta, in his early 20s.

Godfrey met Saint Norbert in 1121 in Cologne, Germany, and he was immediately inspired by Norbert’s life and preaching. After Saint Norbert professed his vows on December 25, 1121, Godfrey handed over his castle to Norbert on May 31, 1122 for the first Norbertine foundation in Germany.

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Castle of Bouillon.

Godfrey and Jutta both became Norbertines as did Godfrey’s younger brother Otto. They cared for the poor and the sick in the hospital attached to the castle. Godfrey took ill on his way home from visiting Norbert in Magdeburg, Germany, and died on January 13, 1127 at age 30.

In today’s Gospel, a possessed man said to Jesus, “I know who you are – the Holy One of God.” We give thanks for Saint Godfrey, a “holy one of God.”

– Father McLaughlin