|Savinus and the deacons appear before Venustianus|
During the reign of Diocletian (of course), the Bishop of Spoleto was arrested by the Prefect Venustianus and charged with being a Christian.
V: Who are you?
S: Savinus, a sinner and a bishop.
V: Are you free or a slave?
S: A slave to Christ but free of the devil.
V: And you think that this Christ is a god?
S: You're mother seemed to think so last night. She kept panting his name and then shouting "Oh my god! Oh Christ, don't stop!"
Okay, the first four lines were from a real source about Savinus; I made the last two up. But my point is that they could have had a lot of fun with the saints' stories if they had as little reverence as I.
Now, to the real story of Savinus. He smashed the idol they presented for him to venerate. They cut off his hands but kept him alive. Then they executed the two deacons who had been busted with him. At this point, Venustianus lost his sight and, hearing that Savinus healed a congenitally blind man, begged to be healed. Savinus offered healing for conversion. Venustianus and all his family were baptized, and his sight was restored. This was lucky, so he could look the Co-emperor Maximianus Herculius in the eye when he and his whole family were condemned to execution. Then Savinus was ripped apart by iron hooks -- to death.