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saints of the day 8. February

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Phyllis Jestice <[log in to unmask]>

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Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture <[log in to unmask]>

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medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture

Today (8. February) is the feast day of:

Marina (?)  Legend reports that Marina (masquerading under the name
Marinos) entered a men's monastery along with her father.  Later, "Marinos"
was accused of fathering an illegitimate child.  She accepted the
punishment of being kicked out of the monastery without complaint or
defense and in the following years lived with the orphan child on the steps
of the monastery.  Marina's sex was only discovered when she died.

Jacut (d. early 6th cent.)  Jacut was a member of a Welsh family that fled
to Brittany from the Saxons.  He is credited with founding the monastery of
St-Jacut-de-la-Mer near Dinan.

Paulus of Verdun (d. c. 645)  Paulus became bishop of Verdun (France) in c.
626.  During his administration he was a great promoter of the monastic
life.

Elfleda (d. 714)  Elfleda, a daughter of King Oswy of Northumbria, was
given to the convent of Hartlepool as a thank offering for a victory that
Oswy won.  She followed her abbess Hilda to Whitby, where she succeeded
Hilda as abbess.

Mengold (d. 892)  According to an uncertain tradition, Mengold was a
nobleman from Huy (near Liege).  After his return from a pilgrimage to
Jerusalem he was murdered by enemies in Huy.  In Huy, Mengold is honored as
a martyr.

Petrus Igneus (1087 or 1088)  (blessed)  Peter first appears in history in
1068 when he, a Vallombrosan monk, volunteered to walk through fire to
prove that the bishop of Florence was a simonist.  He emerged unseared,
winning the nickname "firey" (Igneus).  In 1069 Peter becme prior of the
monastery of Passignano, and in 1074 was named cardinalbishop of Albano.
He was a successful papal emissary in France and Germany until his death.
Peter was beatified in 1673.

Stephen of Grandmont (of Muret) (d. 1124)  Stephen was the founder of the
order of Grandmont.  He was born in Thiers in the Auvergne (France) in
1048.  He accompanied his father on a pilgrimage to Italy when young, fell
ill, and then stayed in southern Italy, receiving his education at a
monastery.  Stephen then returned home, founding a monastic community in
1076 at Muret modeled on those he had seen in Calabria.  He led the
community until his death; later the community moved to Grandmont.  Stephen
was canonized in 1189.

John of Matha (d. 1213)  John, born in France in c. 1160, became a priest
and in 1185 had a vision of the Trinity and received a command from God to
found a religious order in honor of the Trinity.  He composed a rule for
the order of the Holy Trinity (Trinitarians), which Innocent III approved
in 1198.  The main purpose of the order was (and is?) to gain freedom for
prisoners; they also provided pastoral care for prisoners, hospitals, etc.


Dr. Phyllis G. Jestice
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