St. Felix and the Broken Flask

One day, as St. Felix the Capuchin was going through the street in Rome, with a flask of wine on his back, he met a gentleman on a spirited horse, which he spurred so furiously that it trampled upon one foot of the servant of God, who fell to the ground. The flask was broken, and the wine ran out upon the pavement, mingled with the blood which flowed freely from the wound. All the bystanders, affrighted at the accident, expressed their pity for the Saint. He alone retained his usual serenity of countenance, and looking at the gentleman with a mild glance, asked his pardon for his imprudence and rudeness in obstructing his path. The rider, however, instead of appreciating so much virtue, was angry, and with a haughty look and without a word of answer, spurred his horse and rode proudly away.

But after the gentleman had recollected himself a little, and reflected upon the wrong he had done by his scornful treatment of an innocent and holy Religious, he went the next day to the monastery, and falling on his knees before the Saint, begged pardon for the proud and cruel treatment he had given him. The servant of God forgave him with so much cordiality and courtesy, that he resolved to change his habits and his whole life.

Text from A Year With the Saints (New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1891).

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