Saint Edward the Confessor (1003-1066)

for October 13

Saint Edward the Confessor was born a prince in England. His father was overthrown during the Danish invasion, and Edward and his brother were sent to be killed in Denmark. The officer in charge of the transport took pity on the boys, and sent them instead to Sweden. Once in Sweden, they were raised and educated by the king of Hungary. After an unsuccessful attempt to take back the crown, Edward returned to England in 1042, and finally regained the throne. He was interested in all things religious, and was a fair and worthy king. King Edward resisted invasion, helped return the king of Scotland to his thrown, settled unfair taxes, was charitable to the poor, and had a great love of God. To please his people, he married, but both he and his wife remained celibate. He constructed churches, including Westminster Abbey, and is said to have had the healing power of touch. Because of his devotion to God, he was given the surname "the Confessor." Saint Edward the Confessor was canonized in 1161.

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Even though Saint Edward the Confessor had a lot of power as a king, he used his power to do what was best for his subjects, instead of making selfish gains for himself. Do you do what's best for those that you are in charge of? Do you strive to do what's fair and just?


Dear Jesus, help me to exercise true Christian leadership. Assist me in making my life one that reflects your values and inspires others to follow you. (Taken from "Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.")