Sts. Felix II, Simplicius, Faustinus, and Beatrice

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SS. Felix, Simplicius, Faustinus and Beatrice, martyrs
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The martyr-Pope St. Felix II governed the Church during the exile of Pope Liberius, in the middle of the Fourth Century. Simplicius and Faustinus were drowned in the Tiber, probably in 303, when the great persecution under Diocletian was at its height.

Beatrice, their sister, with the aid of the priest Priscus, recovered their bodies in order to give them burial; for which offence she was strangled in prison.

In the Fourth Century a basilica was built at the side of the sepulcher of the two brothers and their sister.

(Source: The New Roman Missal, Rev. F. X. Lasance)

St. Martha

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St. Martha
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St. Martha accompanied her sister St. Mary Magdalen and her brother St. Lazarus into Gaul, where she closed her holy life. Her sacred relics are venerated at Tarascon, in Provence.
The ways by which God leads men’s souls are very varied; one way may be more perfect than another, but each soul must sanctify itself in its own fashion. Grace does not do violence to nature, but perfects it; thus, although St. John tells us that Jesus loved Martha, Mary and Lazarus, each of the sisters always retains her own individual character in the Gospel narrative. Mary feels more deeply, and, therefore, though she is habitually more recollected, yet she is also a woman of an eager and pleasing disposition, more courageous in her actions.

The virtues of Martha, the elder sister of Lazarus, on the other hand, are more commonplace and less exceptional. She is a good housekeeper, diligent, affectionate, and forebearing in undertaking the additional labor which Mary’s different nature puts upon her. And discharging her daily duties she looks at life chiefly from the practical side. The Savior loves her much, because, though Mary is eager to receive spiritual food from him, Martha, on the contrary, shows a mother’s tender care both for Him and for His disciples, who were always received as members of the family in her home in Bethany.

(Source: The New Roman Missal, Rev. F. X. Lasance)