Saint Cunigunde

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Saint Henry and Saint Cunigunde with a model of Bamberg Cathedral, founded by Saint Henry II

Today is the feast of Saint Cunigunde or Kunigunde, Empress of the Holy Roman Empire, wife of Saint Henry II, patroness of Luxembourg.

Here’s a story that reminds me of certain people I have known:

“A final legend tells of one of Cunigunde’s nieces, Judith, the abbess of Kaufungen Abbey. A frivolous young woman, Judith preferred feasting and carousing with the young sisters to the Sabbath rituals. Cunigunde remonstrated with her, to little effect. Finally the saint became so vexed with her niece that she slapped her across the face; the marks remained on her face for the rest of her life, serving as a warning to those of the community who would not take their vows or observances seriously.” Source: Wikipedia.

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