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Saint of the Day: February 18th - St Simeon Cousin of Christ

Butler'sLivesoftheSaints Saint Simeon was the son of Cleophas, otherwise called Alpheus, brother to Saint Joseph, and of Mary, sister to the Blessed Virgin. He was therefore nephew both to Saint …More
Butler'sLivesoftheSaints Saint Simeon was the son of Cleophas, otherwise called Alpheus, brother to Saint Joseph, and of Mary, sister to the Blessed Virgin. He was therefore nephew both to Saint Joseph and to the Blessed Virgin, and cousin to Our Saviour. We cannot doubt but that he was ail early follower of Christ, and that he received the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost, with the Blessed Virgin and the apostles. When the Jews massacred Saint James the Lesser, his brother Simeon reproached them for their atrocious cruelty. Saint James, Bishop of Jerusalem, being put to death in the year 62, twenty-nine years after Our Saviour’s Resurrection, the apostles and disciples met at Jerusalem to appoint him a successor. They unanimously chose Saint Simeon, who had probably before assisted his brother in the government of that Church.
In the year 66, in which Saint Peter and Saint Paul suffered martyrdom at Rome, the civil war began in Judea, by the seditions of the Jews against the …More