Saint Opportuna (d.770)
for April 22
Saint Opportuna was born near Hyesmes, Normandy. Her brother, Saint Chrodegang, became the bishop of Seez. Opportuna felt God's call to enter religious life and joined a Benedictine convent at Monteuil. Opportuna lived a life of great humility, obedience, prayer, and sacrifice. She was such a positive example to her other sisters that she was appointed abbess. In an unexpected and tragic turn of events, her brother was murdered while returning from a pilgrimage to Rome. Saint Opportuna was struck with such sadness and grief that she died one year after his death.
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Saint Opportuna became the leader of her order as a result of the great example she set for others. As Christians, we are called to show others the truth of our faith through our words, arguments, and actions. Think about how you typically act. Think about how your actions are perceived by others. Do your actions reflect your Christian beliefs?
Dear Jesus, help my life to be a reflection of your love for me.