March 2 – Blessed Charles I, Count of Flanders

He was the Count of Flanders, son of Saint Canute IV, king of Denmark. Charles was only five years old when they killed his father in 1086. Charles was a good governor, kind and just, although some of the nobles in his court accused him of favoring the poor. His response was that he knew the needs of the poor. He had ordered for various cereal plants to be planted so that the people would have sufficient to eat at reasonable prices. With this, he gained hatred from some of the wealthy who wanted to get even richer with the harvest. One morning, they killed him when he was before the statue of the Virgin Mary. 

In what ways can you fight for justice in your surroundings? Would you be at risk?


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