Saint for the Day - April 18 - St. Apollonius
Marcus Aurelius had
persecuted the Catholics, but his son Commodus, who
in 180 succeeded him, showed himself favorable to
them out of regard to his Empress Marcia, who was an
admirer of the Faith. During this calm the number of
the faithful was exceedingly increased, and many
persons of the first rank, among them Apollonius, a
Roman senator, enlisted themselves under the banner
of the cross. He was a person very well versed both
in philosophy and the Holy Scripture.
In the midst of the peace which the Church enjoyed,
he was publicly accused of Catholicity by one of
his own slaves. The slave was immediately condemned
to have his legs broken, and to be put to death, in
consequence of an edict of Marcus Aurelius, who,
without repealing the former laws against convicted
Catholics, ordered by it that their accusers should
be put to death. The slave being executed, the same
judge sent an order to St. Apollonius to renounce
his religion as he valued his life and fortune.
The Saint courageously rejected such ignominious
terms of safety, wherefore Perennis referred him to
the judgment of the Roman senate, to give an account
of his faith to that body. Persisting in his refusal
to comply with the condition, the Saint was
condemned by a decree of the Senate, and beheaded
about the year 186.
Saint for the Day - St. Apollonius
Read about the Saint for today - April 18 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
It is the prerogative of the
Catholic religion to inspire
men with such resolution, and
form them to such heroism, that
they rejoice to sacrifice their
life to truth. This is not the
bare force and exertion of
nature, but the undoubted power
of the Almighty, Whose strength
is thus made perfect in
weakness. Every Catholic ought,
by his manner, to bear witness
to the sanctity of his faith.
Such would be the force of
universal good example, that no
libertine or infidel could
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