Saint for the Day - April 10 - St. Bademus
Bemus was a rich and
noble citizen of Bethlapeta in Persia, who founded a
monastery near that city, which he governed with
great sanctity. He conducted his religious in the
paths of perfection with sweetness, prudence, and
charity. To crown his virtue, God permitted him,
with seven of his monks, to be apprehended by the
followers of King Sapor, in the thirty-sixth year of
his persecution. He lay four months in a dungeon,
loaded with chains, during which lingering martyrdom
he every day received a number of stripes. But he
triumphed over his torments by the patience and joy
with which he suffered them for Christ.
At the same time, a Catholic lord named Nersan,
Prince of Aria, was cast into prison because he
refused to adore the sun. At first he showed some
resolution; but at the sight of tortures his
constancy failed him, and he promised to conform.
The king, to try if his change was sincere, ordered
Bademus to be introduced into the prison of Nersan,
which was a chamber in the royal palace, and sent
word to Nersan that if he would despatch Bademus, he
should be restored to his liberty and former
dignities. The wretch accepted the condition; a
sword was put into his hand, and he advanced to
plunge it into the breast of the abbot. But being
seized with a sudden terror, he stopped short, and
remained some time without being able to lift up his
arm to strike. He had neither courage to repent, nor
heart to accomplish his crime.
He strove, however, to harden himself, and continued
with a trembling hand to aim at the sides of the
martyr. Fear, shame, remorse, and respect for the
martyr made his strokes forceless and unsteady; and
so great was the number of the martyr's wounds, that
the bystanders were in admiration at his invincible
patience. After four strokes, the martyr's head was
severed from the trunk. Nersan a short time after,
falling into public disgrace, perished by the sword.
The body of St. Bademus was reproachfully cast out
of the city by the infidels, but was secretly
carried away and interred by the Catholics. His
disciples were released from their chains four years
afterward, upon the death of King Sapor. St. Bademus
suffered on the 10th of April in the year 376.
Saint for the Day - St. Bademus
Read about the Saint for today - April 10 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
sacrifices can we make for the poor which
will seem enough, when we reflect that mercy
to them is our only means of repaying Jesus
Christ, Who sacrificed His life for us?
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