Encouraging kids to develop virtues with a little help from the Community of Saints
Monday, April 20, 2015
April 20: Saint Marcian
Marcian (sometimes called Marian) escaped to Bourges, France when some marauders overthrew the Roman Empire. He went to an abbey and became a novice under the tutilege of saint Mamertinus, who was abbot. Mamertinus thought it wise to test Marian, so he gave him what the brothers considered to be the worst job: taking care of the abbey's cows and sheep. But Marcian loved animals and animals loved him. Birds ate out of his hands, bears and wolves left his flocks alone when he commanded them to leave.
Wouldn't it be great if you could have the same way with animals that St. Marcian had? Give it a try. Take some old bread or birdseed to a park and see if you can get birds to eat out of your hand. Or if you have a pet, work on training him/her to learn a new trick. Be kind and gentle - if you get frustrated, ask St. Marcian to pray that you will be at peace with your animal friend.