St. Maurus was born into the home of a Roman noble. He quickly turned toward the Christian faith and at only age 12 became the assistant of St. Benedict himself. Mentions of St. Maurus is scattered throughout the writings of famous Christians, including Pope St. Gregory the Great, who wrote about him. Historians believe that St. Maurus rescued Saint Placidus from death. This moment has been repeated in paintings since then.
Maurus was known for so many different things during his lifetime that he is shown with many different attributes in artwork or in patron saint medals with his likeness. He has been associated as the patron saint of crutches, gout, and shoemakers. The majority of the time, though, he is known as the patron saint of cobblers and cold. Many Christians find strength in using the name of St. Maurus in a number of situations and remember his bravery and saving his St. Placidus. Other Christians that turned to faith early in life can relate to St. Maurus, who devoted almost his entire life to God.