St Felix, of the royal family of Valois, retired to a desert, near Meaux, where he was joined by St John of Matha. In consequence of a vision, they went to Rome. Innocent III approved the Order of the Most Holy Trinity, founded by them for the ransoming of captives. They were ready to suffer hunger and thirst and all sorts of ill-treatmnet to deliver their brethren. On their return to France, favoured by King Philip-Augustus and by the Lord of Chatilon, they founded the monastery of Cerfroi. St Felix died in 1212.
The Feast of St John of Matha is on 8th February.
Justus ut palma florebit: sicut cedrus Libani multiplicabitur: plantatus in domo Domini: in atriis domus Dei nostri. * Bonum est confiteri Domino: et psallere nomini tuo, Altissime.
The just shall flourish like the palm-tree: he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus: planted in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God.
(Psalm 91:13-14,2 from the Introit of Mass)
Deus, qui beátum Felicem Confessórem tuum ex eremo ad munus rediméndi captívos coelitus vocáre dignátus es: praesta, quaesumus; ut per grátiam tuam ex peccatórum nostrórum captivitáte, ejus intercessióne, liberáti, ad coeléstem pátriam perducámur.
O God, who didst vouchsafe by a voice from heaven to call blessed Felix to the work of the ransoming of captives: grant, we beseech Thee, that his holy prayers may free us from the bondage of sin, and may safely lead us to the heavenly fatherland.
From the Catholic Encyclopaedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06033c.htm
The Order of Trinitarians: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15045d.htm
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