St. Felix II
This pope is an ancestor of the future Pope St. Gregory the Great who lived from 540 to 604. Gregory wrote that when his aunt, St. Tharsilla, was dying, Pope Felix appeared to her. He beckoned her to heaven. Who was Pope St. Felix? And what events unfolded in his life that had led him to sainthood?
Although there are not many details, we know that Felix was a Roman. He was honest and courageous in troubled times. Felix became pope in 483. Groups of people within the Church were divided because of false teachings. Political factors complicated the ministry of this pope. But Felix proved himself a brave defender of the truths of our faith and the rights of the Church. Many compared him to Pope St. Leo the Great who had died in 461. Pope Felix was truly universal in outlook. He tried to grasp and solve the problems of the Church in various parts of the world.
Felix spent nine years of his life as pope. He will be remembered as totally dedicated to Jesus and his Church. Pope St. Felix died in 492.
In the Beatitudes, Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers." We can learn from St. Felix to look beyond personal differences and become peacemakers in our own lives.