Short Lives of the Saints – Saint Placidus and Companions, Martyrs

Saint Placidus of MessinaEntry

Saint Placidus when but seven years old was entrusted to Saint Benedict’s care to be trained in virtue and learning. He was already making great progress in the ways of holiness, when one day, while drawing water from the Lake of Subiaco, the boy fell into the water and was nearly drowned. Saint Benedict, seeing the accident in spirit, sent one of his monks to the rescue, and Placidus was saved. Thenceforth he continued to advance in holiness; and eventually founded a monastery in the environs of Messina. A large number of religious gathered around him, and their retreat became the edification of all Sicily. When they had faithfully accomplished their work, in the year 546, Saint Placidus and several of his companions received the crown of martyrdom at the hands of a band of pirates.

  . . . But who to these can turn
And weigh them ‘gainst a weeping world like this,
  Nor feel his spirit burn
  To grasp so sweet a bliss,
And mourn that exile hard which here his portion is?
    – from the Spanish of Father Luis Ponce de Leon, O.S.A.

Favorite Practice – To draw profit from all the accidents of life.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “Saint Placidus and Companions, Martyrs”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 April 2021. Web. 26 September 2021. <>