This calendar of saints is drawn from several denominations, sects, and traditions. Although it will no longer be updated daily, the index on the right will guide visitors to a saint celebrated on any day they choose. Additional saints will be added as they present themselves to Major.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

November 13 -- St. Homobonus

St. Homobonus was a twelfth century merchant, notable for honesty and generosity. He had been raised that way; his name means Good Man and his dad, too, was a squaredealing merchant. One day, as the Gloria was being sung during Mass, Homobonus stretched out his arms in the form of a cross, and fell forward, dead.

His bishop requested canonization and the Pope, acknowledging the virtue of a simple honest, good life, listed him as a saint within two years.

It is refreshing that Homobonus did not need to be martyred, nor to perform miracles that test one's faith, but only to do well at his trade and be kind to his neighbors. There may be hope for us sinners yet.

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