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Saint of the Day: St. Rasso of Grafrath

Soldier who became a monk

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Monk (d. 953)

His life

+ Rasso was born into a noble German family and became the count of Graf of Dießen-Andechs, leading the Bavarians against invading Magyars in the tenth century.

+ After a successful military career, he traveled as a pilgrim to the Holy Land and, later, Rome.

+ As he returned home, he established a Benedictine monastery at Wörth (later named Grafrath) after him and spent the rest of his life as a member of the community.

+ Saint Rasso died in 953. The shrine of Saint Rasso attracted many pilgrims and numerous miracles were attributed to his intercession.

For prayer and reflection

As for the seed that fell on rich soil, they are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance.”—Luke 8:15

Spiritual bonus

On this day, we also remember the virgin and martyr Saint Restituta who was killed in Carthage (in modern-day Tunisia) around the year 304.

Prayer

O God, who in your kindness called your servant blessed N. to the following of Christ, grant, we pray, through his intercession, that, denying ourselves, we may hold fast to you with all our heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(from The Roman Missal: Common of Holy Men and Women—For a Monk)

Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.

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