Saint series 2008-2009. Series based on a fascination of some of the more unusual saints out there and their unusual circumstances of martyrdom. And armadillos.
Armadillo ordaining deacon
Saint Aubert of Avranches- According to legend, in 708 he had a vision in which the Archangel Michael instructed him to build an oratory on the rocky tidal island at the instructed him to build an oratory at the mouth of the River Couesnon. Aubert did not pay attention to this vision at first, until in exasperation Michael appeared to him again, this time driving his finger into Aubert’s skull and ordering him to complete the task again. Michael is said to have appeared to him a total of three times. After this Mont-Saint-Michel was built
St Catherine of the Wheel. Daughter of the pagan governor of Alexandria, converted to Christianity in her teens. She visited the Emperor of Rome, Maximus where she managed to convert his wife. In turn he sent many philosophers to dispute with her, all who ended up converting (they were subsequently martyred) He eventually had her imprisoned, and when the people visited her end up converting he had her put to death by the breaking wheel. According to legend, the wheel itself broke when she touched it, so she was beheaded.
St. Lucy. She consecrated her virginity to God, refused to marry a pagan, and had her dowry distributed to the poor. Her would-be husband denounced her as a Christian to the governor of Syracuse, Sicily. Miraculously unable to move her or burn her, the guards took out her eyes with a fork.
St. Peter of Verona. Italian priest murdered by an assassin hired by the Milanese Cathars, a christian heretical group. According to legend, his murderer struck his head with an axe. He then dipped his fingers in it and wrote on the ground: “Credo in Unum Deum” while reciting the Apostle’s Creed. All while missing the top part of his head. His murderer eventually confessed his crime and ended his days as a lay brother in a Dominican monastery , where he enjoyed local veneration as one of the blessed.