Saint for the Day - January 2 - St. Fulgentius,
In spite of family troubles and delicate health, Fulgentius was appointed at an early age procurator
of his province at Carthage. This success, however,
did not satisfy his heart. Levying the taxes proved
daily more distasteful, and when he was twenty-two,
St. Austin's treatise on the Psalms decided him to
After six years of peace, his
monastery was attacked by Arian heretics, and Fulgentius himself driven out destitute to the
desert. He now sought the solitude of Egypt, but
finding that country also in schism, he turned his
steps to Rome. There the splendors of the imperial
court only told him of the greater glory of the
heavenly Jerusalem, and at the first lull in the
persecution he resought his African cell.
bishop in 508, he was summoned forth to face new
dangers, and was shortly after banished by the Arian
king, Thrasimund, with fifty-nine orthodox prelates,
to Sardinia. Though the youngest of the exiles, he
was at once the mouthpiece of his brethren and the
stay of their flocks. By his books and letters,
which are still extant, he confounded both Pelagian
and Arian heresiarchs, and confirmed the Catholics
in Africa and Gaul.
An Arian priest betrayed Fulgentius to the Numidians, and ordered him to be
scourged. This was done. His hair and beard were
plucked out, and he was left naked, his body one
bleeding sore. Even the Arian bishop was ashamed of
this brutality, and offered to punish the priest if
the Saint would prosecute him.
replied, "A Catholic must not seek revenge in this
world. God knows how to right His servantsí wrongs.
If I were to bring the punishment of man on that
priest, I should lose my own reward with God. And it
would be a scandal to many little ones that a
Catholic and a monk, however unworthy he be, should
seek redress from an Arian bishop."
death the bishops returned to their flocks, and
Fulgentius, having re-established discipline in his
see, retired to an island monastery, where after a
year's preparation he died in peace in the year 533.
Saint for the Day - St. Fulgentius, Bishop
Read about the Saint for today - January 2 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Each year may bring us fresh
changes and trials; let us learn
from St. Fulgentius to receive
all that happens as from the
hand of God, and appointed for
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