By Raymond Van Dam

The 1st translation into English of 1 of Gregory's 8 books of miracle tales, which incorporates a chain of anecdotes concerning the lives and cults of martyrs.

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Many people fashion gold keys for unlocking the railings of this blessed tomb; after they present them for a blessing, the keys cure the afflictions of ill people. For an active faith overcomes all [difficulties]. 30 28. The apostle Paul The apostle Paul was struck with a sword and died at Rome one year later but on the same day that the apostle Peter had suffered. Milk and water flowed from his holy body. It is not surprising that milk flowed from the body of the man who had labored with and given birth to unbelievers and who had nourished them with spiritual milk and led them to solid food by explaining the obscurities of the holy Scriptures.

From Jerusalem he received relics of the blessed Mary. He set out for his fatherland but decided first to visit Rome. As soon as he entered the vast mountains of Italy, he met bandits. Immediately he was robbed of his clothing; even the reliquary in which he carried the blessed relics was seized. For these highwaymen thought that gold coins were in the reliquary, and after breaking the lock they closely examined everything. When they found no money in it, they took out the relics and threw them in a fire.

I call God as my witness, I thought that its container was broken, because placed beneath it was a vessel into which the overflowing oil dripped. ' Then I reconsidered and remembered what I had heard earlier. I turned back to the lamp [that was now] heaving in great waves like a boiling pot, overflowing in swelling surges throughout that hour, and (I believe in order to censure my incredulity) being more and more replenished, so that in the space of one hour the container produced more than four times the oil that it held," Stunned, I was silent, and finally I proclaimed the power of the venerable cross.

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