St. Colman of Stockerau

Colman was an Irish pilgrim on his way to the Holy Land. On his way through Austria, he was mistaken for a spy because of his strange appearance and because he spoke no German with which to give an account of himself. He was then tortured and hanged at Stockerau, near Vienna, on July 16, 1012. He was later made the patron saint of Austria, after they realized that he had been innocent. People were also amazed with how he endured the torture, and with the miracles surrounding his remains. According to legend, Colman’s body remained incorrupt for 18 months, undisturbed by any wildlife. The scaffolding on which he was hung is said to have taken root and blossomed with green branches. His feast day is October 13.

Questions for Reflection:

  • When have people assumed incorrect and condemning things about you? How have they hurt you (physically or emotionally) unjustly? What was your response?
  • What has helped you remain strong in the face of adversity?