Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Saint Alvarez, Saint Auxibius, Saint Beatus

St. Alvarez
Feastday: February 19

Alvarez was born in either Lisbon, Portugal, or Cordova, Spain. He entered the Dominican convent at Cordova in 1368. He became known for his preaching prowess in Spain and Italy, was confessor and adviser of Queen Catherine, John of Gaunt's daughter, and tutor of King John II in his youth. He reformed the court, and then left the court to found a monastery near Cordova. There the Escalaceli (ladder of heaven) that he built became a center of religious devotion. He successfully led the opposition to antipope Benedict XII (Peter de Luna), and by the time of his death was famous all over Spain for his teaching, preaching, asceticism, and holiness. His cult was confirmed in 1741.

St. Auxibius
Feastday: February 19
1st century

Bishop ordained by St. Paul. Auxibius was baptized a Christian by St. Mark. St. Paul appointed him the bishop of Soil, on Cyprus.

St. Beatus
Feastday: February 19
798

Monk, author, and foe of the Adoptionist heresy. A member of St. Martin's Monastery, in Liebana, near Santander, Spain, Beatus opposed the Adoptionist theories of Archbishop Elipandus of Toledo. He worked with Etherius, the bishop of Osma, in converting Elipandus' followers. Both wrote the Liber Adversus Elipandum, a defense against the archbishop's censure. When the Adoptionist heresy was condemned, Beatus retired to the monastery of Valcavado, where he wrote commentaries and hymns.

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