Daily Martyrology for February 18

In Ireland, around 676, St. Colman, abbot and bishop. When the Synod of Whitby decided to follow Roman customs, Colman resigned as bishop of Lindisfarne and returned to Iona. From there he went to the island of Inishbofin, where he founded a monastery. He founded another community for his English followers on the mainland in County Mayo.

In Constantinople, in 806, St. Tarasius, patriarch, who in 787 presided over the Second Council of Nicaea, which restored the veneration of images and legislated some disciplinary matters. Tarasius was a humble person, who disliked pomp and urged his clergy to dress simply.

In 1455, in Florence, Blessed John of Fiesole, known as Fra Angelico. He was already a painter when he joined the Dominicans in 1420. He was ordained in 1429. At San Marco, in Florence, he learned iconography from Greek manuscripts deposited there by Cosmo de Medici. In his paintings at San Marco and elsewhere, he combined the religious fervor of the Middle Ages with the Renaissance love of beauty and nature.

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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.