Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Feast of St. Alexis


Kind of a feast day for me.
The man who couldn't be married.
Out on the street.

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Story of St. Alexis.

St. Alexius the only son of Euphemianus, a wealthy Christian Roman of the senatorial class, fled his arranged marriage to follow his mysterious holy vocation. Disguised as a beggar, he lived near Edessa in Syria, accepting alms even from his own household slaves, who had been sent to look for him but did not recognize him, until a miraculous vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary singled him out as a "Man of God." Fleeing the resultant notoriety, he returned to Rome, so changed that his parents did not recognize him, but as good Christians took him in and sheltered him for seventeen years, which he spent in a dark cubbyhole beneath the stairs, praying and teaching catechism to children. After his death, his family found writings on his body which told them who he was and how he had lived his life of penance from the day of his wedding, for the love of God. (Source)


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Art:  Terry Nelson
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5 comments:

  1. I love that painting, Terry.
    So very much.
    Holiness is so simple; to love God above all and to be willing to submit one's very life to Him in all ways.
    St. Alexis, pray for us!

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  2. Thanks Father. You are so kind to me. God bless you.

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  3. This painting is so moving, I am so touched every time you post it.

    Sara

    P.S. I am continuing my "monochromatic" work this afternoon...the taping and detail work with small brush is such a pain.:)
    (I am painting my kitchen :)

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  4. Such a beautiful touching picture, Terry!

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  5. Thanks very much everyone - I wasn't sure of it's appeal or even if it is good.

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