It is related by Belluacensis and Cesarius, that a noble youth having lost by his vices the wealth left him by his father, became so poor that he was obliged to beg. He quitted his native land, that he might live with less shame in a distant country where he was unknown.
On this journey, he met one day an old servant of his father, who, seeing him so cast down by the poverty he was Buffering, told him to cheer up, for he would take him to a prince who was so liberal that he would provide him with everything he needed. Now, this wretch was an impious sorcerer.
One day he took the youth with him to a wood on the borders of a moor, where he began to address some invisible person. The youth asked to whom he was speaking. “To the devil” he answered, and seeing the youth terrified, bade him not to fear. Continuing to speak with the devil, he said: “This youth, oh my master, is reduced to extreme necessity, and wishes to be restored to his former condition” “If ha will obey me” said the enemy, “I will make him
richer than before; but in the first place, he must renounce God”. At this the youth shuddered, but urged on by that cursed magician, he yielded and renounced God. “But this is not sufficient”, said the demon; “he must also renounce
Mary; for it is to her that we attribute our greatest losses. Oh, how many souls she has snatched from us, and led back to God and saved” “Oh, this I will not do” exclaimed the youth, “deny Mary! why she is my only hope. I
would rather be a beggar all my life” With these words he left the place. On his way, he happened to pass a church dedicated to Mary.
Jesus at first said: “But that ungrateful youth, my mother, has denied me”. But seeing that his mother still continued to entreat him, he, at last, said: “Oh, my mother, I have never refused thee anything; he shall be pardoned, since thou
dost ask it”.