|Felix and the Spider -- poor depiction of a Roman soldier|
Felix of Nola, the third century son of a retired soldier, sold off his inheritance and pursued a vocation in the church. His name means lucky, and I suppose he must have been to survive the persecution of Decius, especially since he was arrested and beaten. An angel arranged his escape so he could help Bishop Maximus, his boss, who had fallen sick and was in danger of being arrested. They hid in a derelict building. After they went in, a spider built a web across the doorway, making the place appear undisturbed. Soldiers saw the web and moved on without discovering the fugitive Christians. Felix was selected to succeed Maximus as bishop of Nola, but he declined, preferring instead to farm so he could feed the poor.
|Beating Felix while Maximus is hunted|
Much of the story is lost, but in short, he was a priest and teacher whose students, after suffering his rigid discipline for as long as they could, rose in rebellion and stabbed him to death with their pens. Magistri et magistrae: cavete discipulos et discipulas. Caveant tyranni.
|Totally justified bonus feasture|
May 18 is the feast of St. Felix of Cantalice, the Capuchin questor who was so popular that the church had to be remodeled to accommodate his funeral. November 20 is the feast of St. Felix of Valois, a Cistercian monk dedicated to ransoming Christian slaves from Arab slave markets. March 8 is the feast of St. Felix of Dunwich, who was also of Burgundy. December 14, 1919 was the date of the release of The Adventures of Felix, the third film featuring the cartoon cat, but the first in which he was so called. [Prior to that, he was named Master Tom.]