Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, sancta Dei Genitri: Blessed Charles of Austria

“Traditionally the Church celebrates the life of a saint every year on the date of his or her death, a day that marks their entrance into heaven. However, this is not the case with Blessed Charles of Austria.

“Instead, the Church chose a date from his life that had great significance and paved the way for his sainthood: his wedding anniversary, October 21.
The day before their royal wedding, Charles said to Zita, “Now let’s help each other get into heaven.” 

“Charles and Zita knew that if they wanted to “help each other get to heaven,” they needed all the help they could get. Besides getting married in a Catholic ceremony, the couple had a special engraving on the inside of their wedding rings.

“The inscription read in Latin “Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, sancta Dei Genitrix” Or; “We fly to Thy protection, O Holy Mother of God”. It’s an ancient prayer that expressed their desire to place their marriage under the watchful care of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

”After WW1 they lived in exile and Charles soon contracted pneumonia and was dying. His last words to his wife were, “I love you endlessly.”

“Zita, for the next 67 years, wore black clothes to signify her mourning. She never stopped loving him until her own death, when she was reunited with him in heaven. Their love was more than a “feeling,” but a choice to love each other “until death do us part” and beyond.”

Adapted via: “Five Saintly Marriage Tips from Blessed Charles of Austria and his Bride” 2017; accessed online 11.11.18

Be sure to look over the website dedicated to the lives of his wife and he.

Beautiful living is not for the faint of heart.



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