Clemens Saga: The Life of St Clement of Rome by Helen Carron

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She made herself ready in the way in which she usually prepared herself when she engaged in worship and then went to talk with her husband and said to him: ‘For a long time I have been concerned about what our sons’ future will be. I went during the day, dressed as I am now, into the temple of the Sun God who is called Apollo and will never lie. I brought offerings there to the Sun God and afterwards I asked what the future would be for my sons. And I received there these answers: “Take your two sons, Faustus and Faustinus, and prepare them for a journey and go with them to Syria and hand them over to be brought up by the wisest philosophers.

Now I own a field and these few sheep for my livelihood. ’ And from that day Mathidia went throughout villages and towns and begged for food for them and they managed to survive on that. They lived in that place a little short of twenty years until they had the good fortune to meet the Blessed Apostle Peter about which something will be told later. IV Now we shall take up the story again at the point where Faustinianus, the father of the brothers Faustus and Faustinus, when he heard this news that the ship had been lost off Corfu which his wife and sons were aboard, he thought that they must all have perished there.

And after that the Apostle Peter preached the Faith to Faustinianus and asked him to receive baptism. ’ Then Faustinianus joined company with the Apostle Peter, and he became as obedient and as helpful as if he had been handed over to him to educate in his childhood. He then had great esteem from all the people who followed Peter, though he himself bore himself humbly. At that time the Apostle Peter heard that Simon the Evil, who was called Magus, deceived all the people in Antioch so that they believed him to be truly a god, and they abandoned all the Faith which Peter had taught them.

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