We do not know much about the life of Saint Felix, other than he was martyred in the year 303 during the persecution of Emperor Diocletian. The shrewd administrator forced all Christians to turn in their Bible and other sacred texts to be burned. Felix refused and was ordered to be beheaded. The story has it that a man observed Felix on his way to the spot of execution in Carthage and was so inspired that he yelled out that he too was a Christian. The man was quickly enchained next to Felix and beheaded alongside him. No one ever discovered the martyr's real name, so he was called "Adauctus," which means "the added man." Saints Felix and Adauctus share a feast day.
There have been other Adauctuses throughout the history of the church. The latest was a West African named Matthew. He was taken hostage by ISIS in February 2015 alongside 21 Egyptian Christians, construction workers on a job site in Libya. Though he may not have been Christian, Matthew refused to be separated and had his throat slit along with the others. He is listed as one of the 'Coptic Martyrs of Libya.'
Speaking of Libya, who could forget the first Adauctus, Simon of Cyrene? Cyrene was a Greek town in Libya. Simon had either lived there or his ancestors had come from that part of Northern Africa. Returning from the fields to Jerusalem, he happened upon Christ carrying his cross. For whatever reason, Simon was singled out from the crowd to help. He may have been unwilling at first, but he made the way of the cross alongside Christ. To literally help Christ redeem the world by carrying the cross—is there no more saintly action possible?
Let us listen (audire) for our chance to be the next Saint Adauctus.