Religion: Beasts & Saints

How many saints have lived on earth, not even the wisest hagiologist knows. In the early days of Christendom, anchorites, eremites, monks and vagrants were of such piety that even the animals of the world collaborated with them. This half-forgot-ten aspect of the lore of sainthood was lately recalled by Helen Waddell, author of Peter Abelard. Delving in the Latin works of church fathers, monks and priests from the 4th to the 12th Century, she collected 44 anecdotes, translated them as Beasts & Saints.* Some saintly animal stories:

ΒΆ St. Pachome and the...

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