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RAVEN

An emblem of several saints who profited by the miraculous assistance of this rapacious bird. St. Benedict (480-546), while being slandered by Florentius, had his life saved when a raven removed the poisoned loaf prepared for his meal by his enemies. St. Meinrad (d. 861), as a solitary, was murdred by two men who were after a treasure falsely reported to be hidden in the monk's cave. They were brought to justice by the croaking of two ravens who followed them from the scene of their crime. Elijah the prophet is often represent by ravens who at God's command brought food to him.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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