August 26 – Adrian and Natalia; Jeanne-Elisabeth Bichier des Anges

Adrian and Natalia of Nicomedia (d. 406) were newlyweds when Maximian offered rewards for ratting out Christians. Twenty-three were found in a cave near Nicomedia and brought before Adrian to be tortured. When he asked them, “What exactly are you getting out of this god of yours that makes you endure this?” They replied, “Eye… Continue reading August 26 – Adrian and Natalia; Jeanne-Elisabeth Bichier des Anges

August 25 – Titus of the Seventy; Ebbe the Elder

Titus of the Seventy (I–II cent.) was a Cretan (although not a cretin) who dedicated himself to living a virtuous life (heck, he remained a virgin, and you know how hard that was on Crete in those days). He was rewarded with a dream telling him to seek salvation, which he promptly ignored for over… Continue reading August 25 – Titus of the Seventy; Ebbe the Elder

August 24 – Appearance of the Theotokos to Sergius of Radonezh; Bartholomew

The Appearance of the Theotokos to Sergius of Radonezh (1385) took place on a Friday in Advent, as so many of the world’s great events do. (Actually I can’t think of any others, so I may have overstated my case.) He was resting after having read the Akathist to the Theotokos when he said to… Continue reading August 24 – Appearance of the Theotokos to Sergius of Radonezh; Bartholomew

August 23 – Eutychius and Florentius; Philip Benizi

Eutychius and Florentius (d. 540, 547, resp.) were ascetic monks near Nursa or Nursia or Norcia, some 173 km NE of Rome as the Fiat drives (on the A1, E45, and—well, you might want to bring a map). When the nearest available abbot died, the monks at his monastery implored Eutychius to replace him, and… Continue reading August 23 – Eutychius and Florentius; Philip Benizi

August 22 – Eulalia of Barcelona; Andrew of Fiesole

Eulalia of Barcelona (ca. 290–ca. 303) lived in Spain (where she is celebrated on February 12), and it would have been difficult not to, given where Barcelona is. She was brought up in all faith and piety, and by the tender age of 13 (which is, perhaps not coincidentally, the age at which she died,… Continue reading August 22 – Eulalia of Barcelona; Andrew of Fiesole