Saint for the Day - March 2 - St. Simplicius
St. Simplicius was the
ornament of the Roman clergy under Sts. Leo and
Hilarius, and succeeded the latter in the
pontificate in 468. He was raised by God to corn
fort and support his Church amidst the greatest
storms. All the provinces of the Western Empire, out
of Italy, were fallen into the hands of barbarians.
The emperors for many years were rather shadows of
power than sovereigns, and, in the eighth year of
the pontificate of Simplicius, Rome itself fell a
prey to foreigners. Italy, by oppressions and the
ravages of barbarians, was left almost a desert
without inhabitants; and the imperial armies
consisted chiefly of barbarians, hired under the
name of auxiliaries. These soon saw that their
masters were in their power.
The Heruli demanded one third of the lands of Italy,
and upon refusal chose for their leader Odoacer, one
of the lowest extraction, but a resolute and
intrepid man, who was proclaimed king of Rome in
476. He put to death Orestes, who was regent of the
empire for his son Augustulus, whom the senate had
advanced to the imperial throne. Odoacer spared the
life of Augustulus, appointed him a salary of six
thousand pounds of gold, and permitted him to live
at full liberty near Naples.
Pope Simplicius was wholly taken up in comforting
and relieving the afflicted, and in sowing the seeds
of the Catholic faith among the barbarians. The East
gave his zeal no less employment and concern. Peter
Cnapheus, a violent Eutychian, was made by the
heretics Patriarch of Antioch; and Peter Mengus, one
of the most profligate men, that of Alexandria.
Acacius, the Patriarch of Constantinople, received
the sentence of St. Simplicius against Cnapheus, but
supported Mongus against him and the Catholic
Church, and was a notorious changeling,
double-dealer, and artful hypocrite, who often made
religion serve his own private ends. St. Simplicius
at length discovered his artifices, and redoubled
his zeal to maintain the holy faith, which he saw
betrayed on every side, whilst the patriarchal sees
of Alexandria and Antioch were occupied by furious
wolves, and there was not one Catholic king in the
The emperor measured everything by his passions and
human views. St. Simplicius, having sat fifteen
years, eleven months, and six days, went to receive
the reward of his labors in 483. He was buried in
St. Peter's on the 2d of March.
Saint for the Day - St. Simplicius
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