Daily Martyrology for February 12

At the Council of Constantinople, in 381, the death of St. Meletius of Antioch, a kindly man, who worked to overcome the schisms caused by the Arian heresy.

In 821, St. Benedict of Aniane, abbot. Benedict was the son of a Visigoth count. He served as a page in Charlemagne’s court and as a soldier. He entered the monastery of Saint-Seine, near Dijon, where he led an extremely austere life. He retired to live as a hermit, but disciples came, and he built a monastery. He was appointed overseer of a number of monasteries in Provence and Gascony, and later was made abbot of the monastery of Kornelimünster, near Aachen, from which he directed the reform of monasteries throughout the Carolingian Empire. He presided at the reform council at Aachen in 816, which imposed the Rule of St. Benedict on all monasteries. He was responsible for several important collections of earlier monastic rules.

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Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.