November 19, 2009
Saint Simon, Abate of Calabria
Roman Martyrology: The Mercury massif in Calabria, San Simone, hermit.
Calabrian saint venerated in the East. By an abbot of a monastery in Calabria unidentified, he was sent to Africa to secure the release of some monks, captured and taken to Africa by the Arabs. From one of the hostages, Simon knew that at any price they wanted to make them renounce their Christian faith, they refused, the Saracens wanted to hit, but suddenly his arm was paralyzed. Pity, the Holy healed them obtain, after this miracle, the head of the Arabs, the release of all the monks. Back in Calabria, Simon led the life of a hermit.
source: Santi e Beati
July 21, 2009
Saint Arbogast, Bishop
m. About 600
Roman Martyrology: In Strasbourg in Burgundy, Saint Arbogast, Bishop.
Ireland and Scotland compete for being designated as the birthplace of this saint who lived in the sixth century, even if the name Arbogast suggests rather an origin Aquilana or French. The rest of his life has come down to us through his “Life” largely legendary, done by his successor on the Episcopal chair, which seems to have some historical basis. But its existence and the reputation of the manufacturer of churches that are spread about him are attested by the detection of some bricks bearing an engraving of the name of Arbogast.
Since its the holy country, he therefore moved to Alsace to devote himself to the hermitic life; according to tradition, he resurrected a young prince, the son of King Dagobert, who was killed during a hunt, which took place near his cell. The king, full of gratitude to the saint, then appointed him bishop of Strasbourg. Undertaking the construction of the first Cathedral of the city, Arbogast then devoted his whole life to the care of the portion of the People of God entrusted to become unparalleled example of humility. He was always traditionally given the will to be buried in a hillside intended only for criminals. His desire was fulfilled when he died around 660 and this was followed by the construction of a church.
Saint Arbogast is revered as the main patron of the diocese of Strasbourg, as well as Co-patron of some nearby cities. He is also called on for relief in moments of fatigue.
Source: Santi e Beati