Saint for the Day - April 23 - St. George
St. George was born in
Cappadocia, at the close of the third century, of
Catholic parents. In early youth he chose a
soldier's life, and soon obtained the favor of
Diocletian, who advanced him to the grade of
tribune. When, however, the emperor began to
persecute the Catholics, George rebuked him at once
sternly and openly for his cruelty, and threw up his
commission. He was in consequence subjected to a
lengthened series of torments, and finally beheaded.
There was something so inspiriting in the defiant
cheerfulness of the young soldier, that every
Catholic felt a personal share in this triumph of
Catholic fortitude; and as years rolled on St.
George became a type of successful combat against
evil, the slayer of the dragon, the darling theme of
camp song and story, until "so thick a shade his
very glory round him made" that his real lineaments
became hard to trace. Even beyond the circle of
Christendom he was held in honor, and invading
Saracens taught themselves to except from
desecration the image of him they hailed as the
"White-horsed Knight." The devotion to St. George is
one of the most ancient and widely spread in the
Church. In the East, a church of St. George is
ascribed to Constantine, and his name is invoked in
the most ancient liturgies; whilst in the West,
Malta, Barcelona, Valencia, Arragon, Genoa, and
England have chosen him as their patron.
Saint for the Day - St. George
Read about the Saint for today - April 23 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
What shall I say of fortitude,
without which neither wisdom nor
justice is of any worth?
Fortitude is not of the body,
but is a constancy of soul;
wherewith we are conquerors in
righteousness, patiently bear
all adversities, and in
prosperity are not puffed up.
This fortitude he lacks who is
overcome by pride, anger, greed,
drunkenness, and the like.
Neither have they fortitude who
when in adversity make shift to
escape at their souls’ expense;
wherefore the Lord saith, 'Fear
not those who kill the body, but
cannot kill the soul.' In like
manner those who are puffed up
in prosperity and abandon
themselves to excessive
joviality cannot be called
strong. For how can they be
called strong who cannot hide
and repress the heart's emotion?
Fortitude is never conquered, or
if conquered, is not
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