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St. Sebastian

The only documented actualities that we have on Saint Sebastian concern his persecution, though there are lores concerning him. He was probably born at Narbonne, Gaul, and became a Roman soldier around the year 283. Being a Christian in the Roman military was a difficult thing, and as such, Sebastian had to be very careful. He would assist his brothers in the faith as much as he could and, in secret, play many acts of love and benevolence for others, extremely facilitating fellow Christians in any way he could.

When it was discovered that he was a Christian, he was handed over to the Mauretanian archers and it is said that they thrust him with numerous arrows. He was left for dead; nonetheless, the widow of Saint Castulus attained him still alive and was able to help him removed from his winds. Not long after this Sebastian confronted the ruler about his cruelty to Christians and on the emperor’s says was clubbed to death.

Saint Sebastian was buried on the Appian Way. He became very the patron saint of archers, athletes, and soldiers. Many too pray to him for protection against plagues. Sebastian is often depicted in characterizations as a being with a full beard in court attire.

It is said that Sebastian was a good friend and example to Marcus and Marcellian, encouraging them to keep the faith during the cruel persecutions they were enduring.

From Johnnette Benkovic’s Graceful Living: Musings to Help You Grow Closer to God Day by Day

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If there are many tyrannies, there are many testings; where there are many crowns of win, there are many visitations of persuasivenes. It is then to your advantage if there are many persecutors; among numerous mistreatments you may more easily find a course to victory.

— From a homily of St. Ambrose on St. Sebastian

What “path to victory” have I found in past tyrannies? How does this help me strive the path to victory in my current tribulation?

Prayer

We pray for your spur and brainchild, Saint Sebastian, when we are undergoing trials and tribulations. Please pray that God will give us the blessing to abide to the end. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

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