February 14th Blessed Nicholas Palea. Nicholas earned great fame as a preacher. On one occasion, when he was preaching in the cathedral of Brescia, two irreverent young men began disturbing the congregation and soon made such a commotion that Nicholas could not make himself heard. Nicholas left the cathedral to a neighboring hill and there called to the birds to come to listen to him. Like the birds in the similar story of Saint Francis, flocks of feathered creatures fluttered down at his…
"The Epic of Beowulf " is easily the most precious relic of Old English and of all early Germanic Literature. It has come down to us intact and well preserved in a manuscript dated ca. 1000 A.D. and is in the British Museum in London today.
February 11th Saint Benedict of Aniane. Saint Benedict of Aniane (c. 747 – 11 February 821), born Witiza and called the Second Benedict, was a Benedictine monk and monastic reformer, who left a large imprint on the religious practice of the Carolingian Empire.
Cedd. (620-664 AD). Anglo-Saxon monk and a key member in the Synod of Whitby thanks to his linguistic skills in the negotiations. Brought up in Lindisfarne under the instruction of Aidan of the Irish Church. He also is known by being the evangelist of the Middle Angles, being sent by king Oswiu of Northumbria. He likewise converted the East Saxons and, as a reward, Finian of Lindisfarne appointed him bishop of the East Saxons.
Drawing by Miquel Parets in his chronicle for remembering the martyrdom of 26 Catholic monks (23 Franciscans and 3 Jesuits) crucified in Nagasaki (Japan) on 5th February 1597 during the reign of Hideyoshi Toiotomi. "And all they together were crucified with hands, feet and necks tied with rings, and were stuck with two spears eachone, as indicated in this drawing. And during the martyred three columns of fire appeared in the air." Crònica. Llibre I/1. (Wikipedia)