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

* Heron, Arsenius and Isidore, martyrs (250)
- burned to death in Alexandria

* Dioscorus (late third century)
- tortured along with the above-mentioned martyrs, he was released because
of his young age (fifteen years)

* Justus and Abundus, martyrs (284)

* Spiridion, confessor (350)
- a Cypriot shepherd, he became bishop; famed for his knowledge of the
Bible despite his lack of education, at the Council of Nicaea he
supposedly converted a philosopher

* Nicasius, Florentius, Jucundus, and Eutropia, martyrs (c. 407)
- the first three -- respectively bishop, deacon and lector of Reims --
were beheaded by marauding barbarians (weren't all barbarians
'marauding'?); Eutropia, the bishop's sister, was killed when she attacked
her brother's murderers

* Venantius Fortunatus, confessor (600)
- bishop of Poitiers, noted poet and hagiographer (author of vita of
Radegunde)

* Fulquinus, confessor (855)
- bishop of Therouanne

* John of the Cross, confessor (1591)
- great Carmelite mystic, declared Doctor of the Church in 1926

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Carolyn Muessig
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