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As a young girl, Notburga, the niece of the Frankish princess (Saint) Plectrudis, manifested an extraordinary innocence and purity and a deep love for Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Notburga subsequently entered the convent of “Saint Mary in the Capitol,” a religious community founded in Cologne, Germany by Plectrudis. Here Notburga became known for her fervor, her dedication to prayer and self-denial, and her exacting fidelity to the convent’s rule. Notburga’s peace in the convent was disturbed for a time by relatives who wanted her to leave the cloister and marry, but she resisted their efforts and persevered in her religious consecration. She died as she had lived, with a pure and unblemished heart. As Notburga’s body was being carried in procession to Cologne’s cathedral church of Saint Peter, the cortege crossed paths with the cortege of a dead man being brought to his grave. As her body neared his, the man was raised to life.


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