Wednesday’s Woman: St. Solange

by Melanie on May 10, 2017

in Catholicism, Martyrs, Nonfiction, Saints, Spirituality, Wednesday's Woman

The Basics: Born about 863 in France; died 878 in France; canonized precongregation; feast day, May 10. Martyr.

The Story: Solange was a young shepherdess, born into a poor family but rich in her relationship with the Lord. She lost herself in prayer frequently, and decided she would not marry. However, her beauty caught the eye of a young nobleman,

By Julien Descloux (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

who fell in love with her and proposed to her. Solange explained that marriage was not possible as she had consecrated her life to Christ. The nobleman first accepted her explanation, then sought to change her mind. When he failed in that attempt, legend has it that he beheaded her but that Solange’s head still cried out to Jesus three times. She was buried in the field where she had tended the sheep and prayed.

What We Can Learn from Solange: Sometimes the sword that challenges our faith is physical; other times, it comes in the form of unkind words, rolled eyes, or exclusion. May we call on Jesus, as she did, in all occasions.

To Learn More About Solange: Visit the Bourges, France, tourism site that includes a photo of the consecrated chapel built upon Solange’s tomb.

To Learn More About Other Women Saints and Blesseds: Come back next week, or consider buying my book, Sisterhood of Saints: Daily Guidance and Inspiration.

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