Saint of the day 20141126

26 November

SAINT PETER OF ALEXANDRIA, Bishop, Martyr († 311)        

St. Peter governed the Church of Alexandria during the persecution of Diocletian. The sentence of excommunication that he was the first to pronounce against the schismatics, Melitius and Arius, and which, despite the united efforts of powerful partisans, he strenuously upheld, proves that he possessed as much sagacity as zeal and firmness.        

But his most constant care was employed in guarding his flocks from the dangers arising out of persecution. He never ceased repeating to them that, in order not to fear death, it was needful to begin by dying to self, renouncing our will, and detaching ourselves from all things.        

St. Peter gave an example of such detachment by undergoing martyrdom in the year 311. Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]

Other saints: St Leonard of Porto Maurizio (1676 – 1751)Leonard was born in Porto Maurizio in 1676, the son of a master mariner. He joined the Franciscan order and for forty-seven years preached, wrote letters and sermons, and travelled the whole length of Italy. The popularity of the Stations of the Cross is much due to the impetus he gave to the devotion. He died at Rome in 1751.

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