Saint for the Day - April 8 - St. Perpetuus
St. Perpetuus was the
eighth Bishop of Tours from St. Gatian, and governed
that see above thirty years, from 461 to 491, when
he died on the 8th of April. During all that time he
labored by zealous sermons, many synods, and
wholesome regulations, to lead souls to virtue. St.
Perpetuus had a great veneration for the Saints, and
respect for their relics, adorned their shrines, and
enriched their churches.
As there was a continual succession of miracles at
the tomb of St. Martin, Perpetuus finding the church
built by St. Bricius too small for the concourse of
people that resorted thither, directed its
enlargement. When the building was finished, the
good bishop solemnized the dedication of this new
church, and performed the translation of the body of
St. Martin, on the 4th of July in 473.
Our Saint made and signed his last will, which is
still extant, on the 1st of March, 475, fifteen
years before his death. By it he remits all debts
that were owing to him; and having bequeathed to his
church his library and several farms, and settled a
fund for the maintenance of lamps, and the purchase
of sacred vessels, as occasion might require, he
declares the poor his heirs. He adds most pathetic
exhortations to concord and piety; and bequeaths to
his sister, Fidia Julia Perpetua, a little gold
cross, with relics; he leaves legacies to several
other friends and priests, begging of each a
remembrance of him in their prayers. His ancient
epitaph equals him to the great St. Martin.
Saint for the Day - St. Perpetuus
Read about the Saint for today - April 8 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
The smart of poverty, says a
spiritual writer, is allayed
even more by one word of true
sympathy than by the alms we
give. Alms coldly and harshly
given irritate rather than
soothe. Even when we cannot
give, words of kindness are as a
precious balm; and when we can
give, they are the salt and
seasoning of our alms.
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