I read the “saint of the day” story to my children, and today-- the princess who was kidnapped by pirates seemed particular fascinating to them. Many children share their interest in princesses and pirates, so I thought I’d share with you here.
**Please post the stories of other saints that are of particular interest to children. **
Today (January 30th) is the feastday of St. Bathildas and she led an exciting life. St. Bathildas was a Christian girl born in England around the year 630 A.D. Pirates kidnapped her and took her from her home in England to France. She was sold as a slave to the manager of the king’s palace. She paid careful attention to her chores, doing the best she could. King Clovis noticed this shy, gentle Christian girl. He married her, and they lived happily ever after…well sort of. They had three sons together, (all whom became kings) but her husband King Clovis died. St. Bathildis ruled as regent until her son, Cloraire III, grew older. She cared for the poor and she set up seminaries and convents. Later, St. Bathildas gave up the royal life and entered a convent, living as a humble and obedient nun for the rest of her days. She died on January 30, 680. Now she lives happily ever after.