St. Simon and St. Jude save a deacon from a false accusation

Pocket Bard’s notes: I think this is a very nice, sweet story with a good moral punchline. It’s not necessarily the way all the saints would approach the case (many of them do, in fact, want to bring ruin on the guilty), but I like that this time, they don’t.


St. Simon and St. Jude save a deacon from a false accusation
The Golden Legend, Volume II, trans. William Granger Ryan, p.264

Some time after this, the daughter of a duke conceived out of fornication and gave birth to a son. She defamed a certain holy deacon, saying that he had violated her and was the father of her child. When her parents wanted the deacon dead, the apostles entered the case and asked when the child had been born. They answered: “Today, at the first hour of the day!” The apostles said: “Bring the infant here, and see that the deacon whom you accuse is here also.” They did so, and the apostles said to the newborn: “Tell us, child, in the name of the Lord, if this is the deacon’s doing!” The infant: “That deacon is chaste and saintly, and has never defiled his flesh.” The parents then insisted that the apostles find out who was the author of the crime, but they replied: “It is ours to absolve the innocent, not to bring ruin on the guilty.”

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