Edburga, who lived in the eight century, was of noble birth. Her family controlled the area surrounding Kent in England.
Little is known of Edburga’s early life. As a young woman, she was a follower of St. Mildred, and she succeeded Mildred as abbess of Minster-in-Thanet Abbey.
Sometime later, during a visit to Rome’s holy places, Edburga met St. Boniface, and when she returned to her abbey, she corresponded with him over a long period of time. She was able to construct a new abbey church during her administration before she died at Minster-in-Thanet in 751.
The lives of the Saints, especially the many who were noble lineage, like St. Edburga, have a clear lesson for us. Those blessed with more of this world’s goods are expected to be more creative in the use of their talents and gifts, especially for the welfare of the poor.
O God, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Your son, may we be always mindful of the circumstances of poverty and want into which He was born. Through the intercession of Your servant St. Edburga, help us to imitate His spirit of detachment. This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.