Monday, October 21, 2013

October 25

FEAST OF ST. CRISPIN, MARTYR; accounted Patron of shoemakers. The year 285 is perhaps the date of this saint's martyrdom. His brother St. Crispinian suffered and triumphed with him. But so much of their legendary history fails to carry conviction with it, that every alleged particular may prudently be held under correction.

THESE pious brothers, then, were Roman shoemakers working at Soissons. An alternative account makes them Roman nobles. Whatever they were in this world's social scale, they are portrayed to us as such men as "the King delighteth to honor;" and where they now dwell, earth and earthly rank alike have dwindled to nothing.

And if "to nothing" there, can they be any great thing here?

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