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Benan (or Benignus in Latin) was born in Ireland. He was one of the first native Irish people to be baptised a Catholic by St Patrick. He became a close friend and helper of St Patrick, traveling everywhere with him and assisting him in spreading the Faith and helping the poor. His name means kind or good, and people say he got this name because of his good disposition and positive attitude.
One of the ways Benan helped St Patrick was to sing Psalms, hymns and prayers wherever St Patrick would preach. He had an amazing singing voice, and he won over many peoples hearts for God because his sweet singing made people more likely to hear the gospel message. We are pretty sure this is what being an artist or musician should really be all about!
There is a legend, which may be true but could be fictional, that God saved Benignus from a fire. An Irish druid king was angry at St Patrick for teaching Christianity in his kingdom. To prove Christianity was wrong, the king ordered one of his druid priests and Benan be tied up in a burning building. When the fire burned out, the only thing left standing was Benan. True or not, it is a cool story that illustrates Benan’s willingness to die for his faith.
When he got a little older, he became a bishop like St Patrick, and even helped establish the laws which governed Ireland and the Catholic Church in Ireland. He personally made sure that all Catholics in Ireland would be loyal to the Pope. His legacy remains today, in the fiercely loyal Catholics all over the world who come from Irish heritage.
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By Our Faith In Action® on September 7, 2010