Friday, January 20, 2012

Happy Feast of St. Sebastian

If you're needing a little bit of reinforcement in your faith, check out St. Sebastian's story:

Sebastian was the son of a wealthy Roman family. He was educated in Milan and became an officer of the imperial Roman army, and Captain of the Guard. He was a favorite of Emperor Diocletian. During Diocletian's persecution of the Christians, Sebastian visited them in prison, bringing both supplies and comfort. He is reported to have healed the wife of a fellow soldier by making the sign of the cross over her. During his time in the army he converted many soldiers and a governor.
Charged as a Christian in 288 in Rome, Sebastian was tied to a tree, shot with arrows, and left for dead. However, he survived, recovered, and returned to preach to Diocletian, where the emperor then had him beaten to death.
During the 14th century, the random nature of the black plague caused people to say that the plague was introduced to their villages through being shot by natures archers. In desperation they prayed for the intercession of a saint associated with archers, and Saint Sebastian became associated with the plague

I wonder if I would have the strength in the face of persecution that the early martyrs did. Thank goodness the Church was started and spread by these people. I'm fairly sure the arrows would be enough of a deterrent today.

St. Sebastian, pray for us. Help us to be courageous in our faith as we work to teach others.


  1. And I worry about standing true for the Faith when the only arrows aimed at me are disapproval and disdain. St.Sebastian puts me to shame.

  2. Many of us are praying for and supporting you, Maureen. Fight the good fight!