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St. Vincent of Saragossa


Vincent, who lived within the third century, served as a deacon and have become the protomartyr of Spain. During the persecution of Dacian, governor of Spain, Vincent and his bishop, Valerius of Saragossa, had been arrested. The bishop was exiled, however Vincent was subjected to horrible torture earlier than lastly dying.

It is alleged that his pores and skin was torn with iron hooks, and that he was sure with rope, roasted on a grid after which thrust onto a cell ground laden with damaged glass. Throughout all this torture, he refused to surrender his Christian religion and continued to reward Jesus. His great show of piety and faithfulness led to the later conversion of his jailer. At the tip of his persecutions, his tormentors lastly relented and allowed his buddies to return and put together the mattress on which he died.

Saint Vincent was such an inspiration and have become so well-known all through Gaul and Africa that St. Augustine delivered many sermons about him.

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

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Against Christ’s military the world arrays a twofold battle line. It presents temptation to steer us astray; it strikes terror into us to interrupt our spirit. . . . At each of those approaches, Christ rushes to our help, and the Christian will not be conquered.

— From a homily of St. Augustine on St. Vincent

What is the twofold battle line on which I’m at the moment engaged? Can I identify one grace Christ is bringing to me in order that I’m not conquered?

Prayer

St. Vincent, you’re certainly an inspiration to others in devoted testimony beneath horrible torment.  Thank you, pricey saint, in your nice endurance that stands without end as a wonderful witness to Divine Truth. Amen.

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St. Anastasius (628), Religious, Martyr



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