St. Casilda of Toledo

St. Casilda of Toledo (950–1050) is venerated as a saint of the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church. Her feast day is April 9th. Casilda was a Muslim princess, the daughter of the ruler of Toledo. She showed great kindness to Christian captives. Like Elizabeth of Hungary and Elizabeth of Portugal, the Miracle of the roses was attached to her legend. She became ill as a young woman but did not trust that any of the local doctors could cure her. So she made a pilgrimage to the shrine of San Vicenzo in northern Spain, where she was healed of illness. In response, she became a Christian and lived a life of solitude and penance not far from the miraculous spring. It’s said that she lived to be 100 years old. Her death likely occurred around the year 1050.


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