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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

St. Felix (d. ca. 260 - Feastday: January 14)

Elder son of Hermias, a Syrian soldier who had retired to Nola, Italy. After his father's death, Felix sold off most of his property and possessions, gave the proceeds to the poor, and pursued a clerical vocation. Ordained by, and worked with Saint Maximus of Nola.      When Maximus fled to the mountains to escape the persecution of Decius, Felix was arrested and beaten for his faith instead.

In one of the early persecutions the priest Felix was first tortured on the rack, then thrown into a dungeon. While lying chained on broken glass, an angel appeared, loosed his bonds, and led him out to freedom. Later, when the persecution had subsided, he converted many to the Christian faith by his preaching and holy example. However, when he resumed his denunciation of pagan gods and false worship, he was again singled out for arrest and torture; this time he escaped by hiding in a secret recess between two adjacent walls. No sooner had he disappeared into the nook than a thick veil of cobwebs formed over the entrance so that no one suspected he was there. Three months later he died in peace (260), and is therefore a martyr only in the wider sense of the word.

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Saint Felix of Nola beaten and hidden
by a spider's web

Patron: Against eye disease; against eye trouble; against false witness; against lies; against perjury; domestic animals; eyes.

http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2012-01-14
http://www.aquinasandmore.com/fuseaction/store.patronsaintpage/saint/205

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