Berka Zsislava was born in the Czech Republic in the early 13th century. It is said that Berka once attempted to run away from home at the age of 7 to become a hermit. Years later, she was married to the Duke of Lemberk, who was quite wealthy, and together they lived in a castle. Saint Berka Zdislava is most famous for her work with the poor as well as aiding refugees from war and constructing a Dominican monastery. Known as the patron saint of difficult marriages and people who are ridiculed for their piety, her feast day is celebrated January 1. If Saint Berka Zdislava was alive today, she might be working with refugees in Syria.
Questions for Reflection:
- Most of us aren’t going to build a monastery, so what can you do to help the less fortunate in your own community?
- Have there been times where you’ve felt ridiculed for your faith? How have you handled those situations?