Kitchen maid gave the leftovers to the poor


St Notburga

Celebrated on September 14th

An Austrian laywoman from what is now called the Tyrol , Notburga was born around 1250 to a poor peasant family. At the age of 18 she was employed as a kitchen maid in the castle of Count Henry of Rattenberg. The family squandered more food on pig-swill than Notburga’s parents ate in weeks. She saved all the leftovers from the Count’s family table and gave them to the poor. Count Henry’s wife did not approve of this and had her dismissed.

Notburga then went to work for a farmer near Eben where she stayed for several years earning a reputation for being very capable and hardworking.

When Count Henry’s wife died, his second wife needed a good woman to manage her household and asked for Notburga. The Count speedily brought her back and she stayed with the family until her death in 1313.

Notburga is one of the patron saints of servants. She is remembered for her hard work, charity and prayerfulness. Her relics were placed at the nearby church of St Rupert, in Eben. In 1718 they were placed in a position of honour over the high altar.

The relics of St Notburga in St Rupert’s church in Ebden . Not something I would like to see every day .


I like this story from her life;
In violation of the terms of her employment, Notburga’s boss commanded her to keep working in the fields one Sunday evening to which she responded by tossing her farm tool in the air saying “let my sickle be judge between me and you.” The sharp blade miraculously remained suspended in the air.


Tell me about it! :fearful:

I would not be able to regularly attend mass there.

Her story is amazing though. Thanks for sharing!


It is a matter of perspective. Seeing her skull regularly would be both a reminder to be prepared for death and to be a servant to God’s will.


I actually find them hauntingly beautiful. She is wonderfully dressed and equipped. Really quite breathtaking.


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