Saint Ida of Herzfeld
– c. 825
) was the widow of a Saxon duke who devoted her life to the poor following the death of her husband in 811
. Among her reported acts of kindness were filling a stone coffin with food each day, then giving it to the poor; she also reportedly founded the church at Hovestadt
, and the convent of Herzfeld, Westphalia
, sometimes recorded as Hirutveldun.
She was canonized on November 26, 980, is the patron saint of brides and widows and is frequently depicted either as carrying a church or with a dove hovering over her head. Her feast day is September 4
. Her Life
is sometimes quoted in support of the proposition that sexual congress within the institution of marriage reflects spiritual unities as well:
- At the moment when the two are united in one flesh, there is present in them a single and similar operation of the Holy Spirit: when they are linked together in each other's arms in an external unity, which is to say, a physical unity, this indivisible action of the Holy Spirit inflames them with a powerful interior love directed towards celestial realities.
She has sometimes also been identified as Redburga
or Raedburh, who was, by some accounts, either the sister-in-law of Charlemagne
, his sister, the daughter of his sister-in-law. his niece or his great-granddaughter. This Raedburh reportedly married king Egbert of Wessex
The details of Saint Ida's life, however, make it unlikely that she was married to the Egbert who was... Read More