DAILY CATHOLIC    THURSDAY     January 14, 1999     vol. 10, no. 9


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Historical Events in Church Annals for January 14:

  • 260 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Felix of Nola, a humble priest who did not feel worthy of being a bishop. He escaped martyrdom many times through the grace of God and sheltered many Christians, nursing them back to health. He is often depicted with a spider spinning its web for legend has it the arachnid did this quickly while the Romans were searching him out to put him to death but passed by the doorway where Felix was because of the cobweb.

  • 309 A.D.
  • Martyrdom of 38 monks at Mount Sinai, who were attacked by Syrian arabs who had a vendetta against Christians.

  • 340 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Macrina the Elder, mother of Saint Basil the Elder, and grandmother of a slew of holy offspring from Cappodocia including Saint Basil, Saint Gregory of Nyssa, Saint Macrina the Younger and Saint Peter of Sebastea. She died in Neocaesarea.

  • 552 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Datius, Bishop of Milan who, having fled from northern Italy to Constantinople during the invasion of the Ostrogoths, defended doctrinal attacks against Pope Vigilius, the 59th successor of Peter.

  • 1150 A.D.
  • Death of Blessed Amadeus of Clermont at Bonnevaux, France. This Benedictine monk and abbot founded four monasteries after studying at the famous Cluny Abbey. A rich man before his conversion, he brought 16 vassals and family members with him to Bonnevaux' Cistercian Abbey, renouncing the world.

  • 1237 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Sabas of Serbia, Abbot who was the son of Stephen I, founder of the Serbian dynasty who abdicated when Sabas was 22 and sought refuge in the monastery they founded on Mount Athos. When Sabas was 33 he returned to Serbia to settle a dispute between his two brothers and discovered his homeland was in turmoil with few knowing the faith. He thus dispatched his fellow monks as missionaries to evangelize to the masses, preserving the faith in Bulgaria where he died on this date in 1237. To this date Sabas or Sava in Serbian, is considered the patron saint of Serbia.

January 14, 1999       volume 10, no. 9


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