Monday, June 14, 2010

St. Blandina (? to June 2, 177)

People have described me as exotic, on more than one occasion, but today I was described in a way I'd never heard before: a pessimist. I think they meant a realist.
St. Blandina (also known as St. Blandine) is a patron saint of the falsely accused. She was born in Lyon, France and was a slave. During the reign of Marcus Aurelius, St. Blandina and several friends were arrested and convicted of the crime of Christianity.
St. Blandina was thrown to a bull and burned to death. Her ashes were dumped in a river.
She died on June 2, 177 and is also recognized with the Martyrs of Lyon. Her feast day is June 2.

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