|Saint John Ogilvie|
John was born a Scottish Calvinist noble. At seventeen, he converted to Catholicism and went to study for the priesthood. Calvinism (apart from being the most repressed, least inspiring of the Christian sects) was the official religion in Scotland and the royal priest-hunters were busying themselves with torture and execution. Those who don't understand why Shi'a and Sunni fratricide should begin by reading about the Catholic - Protestant slaughters.
|Pope Saint Simplicius: Made the bad call?|
Pope Saint Simplicius became pope in 468 and remained on Peter's Chair until 483 (figuratively -- I'm sure he stood up and walked around sometimes). He did papal things like oppose heresy and organize the administration of the sacraments. I know too little of the issue, but Emperor Leo had a proposal to make Constantinople second in primacy (is that lexically correct?) only to Rome. I know that Antioch, Ephesus, and Alexandria all had rival claims, but the reality of Constantinople's importance in the secular world was undeniable. I don't mean to assert that the Great Schism would not have happened if Simplicius had not accepted this, but I do mean to suggest it. If we're ever going to heal the breaches in Christianity, it is worth contemplating.
|Helena, Macarius, et al.|
Macarius, the bishop of Jerusalem, was called in when the Empress Helena was relic-shopping. You probably remember that she found the One True Cross while she was there. She also found lots of other crosses, but Macarius helped her figure out which one was the One True. Being a forward-thinking, scientific sort of guy, Macarius brought a sick woman with him and had her methodically touch one cross after another. Naturally, the One True Cross was the one that healed her; thus, that's the one that got shipped back to Constantinople.