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𝐅𝐀𝐂𝐓𝐒 𝐀𝐁𝐎𝐔𝐓 𝐒𝐀𝐈𝐍𝐓
Saint Leonidas of Alexandria was beheaded in 202 at Alexandria, Egypt leaving seven children orphans. The eldest of whom, in fact, Origen, was just seventeen whom he raised and taught.
History describes the care with which Leonidas educated his son in the study of the Sacred Scriptures before that of the letters. He thanked God for having had a child so early enthusiastic about the way of God, how he recognized the hand of God in the child, and at night, when he slept, he stopped to kiss his chest as if it were a shrine of the Holy Spirit.
He had preserved a fragment of the letter that his seventeen-year-old son sent to him in prison to urge him never give up.
𝘋𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘍𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳, 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘨𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘺. 𝘉𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘺 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶, 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘺 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘺, 𝘮𝘺 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘴, 𝘮𝘺 𝘤𝘩𝘶𝘳𝘤𝘩, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘺 𝘯𝘦𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘣𝘰𝘳𝘴. 𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘪𝘧𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘱 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘺 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴.