Thursday, 13 October 2016
13th October, St Edward, King of England
When he was raised to the throne of England "it was seen," says a historian, "what can be done by a king who is the true father of his subjects. All those who approached him endeavoured to regulate their lives according to his. Neither ambition, nor the love of riches, nor any of the passions which are unfortunately so common among courtiers, were known at his court." He was everywhere called the father of the orphans and of the poor, and he was never happier than when he could distribute alms (Epistle). He always granted what was requested of him in the name of St. John the Evangelist. He died A.D. 1066.
From the Catholic Encyclopaedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05322a.htm