“The Eucharist strikes such fire within us that we
are compelled by our actions and our presence to
warm the people we live among and to melt the ice
of hate, discrimination, indifference, injustice
and isolation. 'Can a man hide fire in his bosom
and his garments not burn?' " (Proverbs 6:27)
~ from “They Have Been with Jesus”, Fr Franklyn M McAfee
Italy ~ 288 +
Defender of the Faith, Martyr
Patron of archers, athletes and soldiers
Feast Day - January 20
St Sebastian: Andrea Montegna
St Sebastian, Captain of the Praetorian Guard of the Roman Emperor,
was condemned to death for professing his Faith. He was shot with arrows and left for dead, but when the widow of St. Castulus went to recover his body, she found he was still alive and nursed him back to health. Soon after, Sebastian intercepted the Emperor Diocletian, denounced him for his cruelty to Christians, and was beaten to death on the Emperor’s orders.
Ste Sebastian, Ora pro nobis!