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FEAST 14 April

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CA Muessig <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 30 Apr 1999 18:47:10 +0100 (BST)

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Today, 14 April, is the feast of ... 

Justin Martyr (165) 

Tiburtus, Valerius and Maximus, martyrs (date unknown) 

Ardalion, martyr (300): Started his career as a pagan actor. On stage
before a great crowd he was pretending to be a Christian who refused to
renounce his faith and was about to be executed. The excellence of his
acting aroused the enthusiasm of his audience and also convinced him to
convert to Christianity. 

Lambert, archbishop of Lyons (688) 

Bernard of Tiron, abbot (1117): One of the all time great wandering
preachers. 

Lanvinus, Carthusian monk (1120): He died on 11 April 1120, but his
feast is kept in the Carthusian order on 14 April. 

Caradoc, hermit (1124): Caradoc had great power over animals. On one
occasion by a gentle movement of his hand he was able to calm a pack of
viscious hounds that were quite out of the owner's control. 

Benezet, or Little Benedict the Bridge Builder (1184): This is a good
story. Little Benedict was a pious lad, thoughtful beyond his years, and
reflected much on the perils of crossing the Rhone. One day, during an
eclipse of the sun, he heard a voice which addressed him three times,
bidding him to build a bridge over the Rhone. The construction and
repair of bridges was regarded as a work of mercy, for which rich men
were often urged to make provisions in their wills. But Little Benedict
was only an ignorant, undersized youth, without experience, influence or
money. But he did not hesitate, he went for it and listened to the call.
The little lad went to the Bishop of Avignon to ask for help. Benedict,
after performing a few miracles, received approval from the bishop to
build a stone bridge over the Rhone. For seven years Little Benedict
directed the operations, and when he died in 1184, although the bridge
was not yet complete, the main difficulties of the enterprise had been
overcome. His body was buried upon the bridge itself. The wonders which
attended the construction of the bridge from the moment of the laying of
the foundations and the miracles wrought at Little Benedict's tomb
induced the city fathers to build a chapel on the bridge. There the tomb
of Little Benedict remained until 1669 when part of the bridge was
washed away. The coffin was rescued and when it was opened the body was
incorrupt. It was afterwards translated to the church of the Celestine
monks. The Order of Bridge Brothers regarded Little Benedict as their
founder. 

Peter Gonzalez, Dominican friar (1246) 

John, Antony and Eustace, martyrs (1342) 

Lydwina of Schiedam, virgin (1433): Her saintly life began as a result
ofa skating accident. While skating with a group of children, she collided
with one of her friends. She suffered a broken rib. From that day
sometime in the year 1396 to the day of her death in 1433, she suffered
unbearable pains and illnesses which she perceived as God calling her to
be a victim for the sins of others. (A good example of vicarious
suffering!) 

****************
Dr Carolyn Muessig
Department of Theology and Religious Studies
University of Bristol
Bristol BS8 1TB
UK
phone: +44(0)117-928-8168
fax: +44(0)117-929-7850
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