|baby double for Prince Saint Arwald|
Little Prince Arwald of the Isle of Wight was lucky, in a way. Had Caedwalla invaded two days earlier, Arwald would have been consigned to Limbo, or maybe Hell if there is no Limbo, as an unbaptized soul. A splash of water, a few syllables of Latin, and the sign of the Cross and then the little fella is a saint instead.
Other saints have such detailed vitae that I can't everything into a single post. Last year, we left an adolescent Saint Theodore as he walked away from a precipice where the Devil had just tempted him toward his death. Saint George, whose feast is tomorrow, was young Theodore's personal patron and guardian.
|Go Ted Go!|
In spite of his fasting and countless hours of prayer, he became a very fast distance runner. On occasion, he would win races against horses, but mostly he used his speed to attend evening Mass fifteen miles away and still be home before Midnight.
Theodore sought the blessing of an old monk named Glycerius. Apparently collecting blessings from venerables was something aspiring young saints did in those days. Glycerius suggested that they test their favor with the Lord by praying for an end to the drought. As they knelt in prayer, clouds rolled up and drenched the land. This, said the venerable monk, was a sign that God would not refuse a prayer from his servant Theodore.
|holy men and rivers -- but the Ganges is warmer|
The text I used said that the monks all gave thanks that these things were revealed to their Brother Theodore. I understand that to mean that the monks were grateful that they had not been inspired to do these things. Nonetheless, Theodore thrived, more or less. He was seized by an influenza demon, but Saint George exorcised it and then announced that Theodore would thenceforth also have the power to drive out demons. This was shortly put to the test when a father and son arrived at the monastery seeking exorcism. Actually, the dad sought exorcism for his son, who wasn't so sure.
|Exorcism -- more than he signed up for|
Tune in next year for another installment of Saint Theodore of Sykeon's holy life.