Saint for the Day - January 20 - St. Sebastian,
ST. Sebastian was an
officer in the Roman army, esteemed even by the
heathen as a good soldier, and honored by the Church
ever since as a champion of Jesus Christ. Born at
Narbonne, Sebastian came to Rome about the year 284,
and entered the lists against the powers of evil.
He found the twin brothers Marcus and Marcellinus in
prison for the faith, and, when they were near
yielding to the entreaties of their relatives,
encouraged them to despise flesh and blood, and to
die for Christ. God confirmed his words by miracle:
light shone around him while he spoke; he cured the
sick by his prayers; and in this divine strength he
led multitudes to the faith, among them the Prefect
of Rome, with his son Tiburtius. He saw his
disciples die before him, and one of them came back
from heaven to tell him that his own end was near.
It was in a contest of fervor and charity that St.
Sebastian found the occasion of martyrdom.
The Prefect of Rome, after his conversion, retired
to his estates in Campania, and took a great number
of his fellow-converts with him to this place of
safety. It was a question whether Polycarp the
priest or St. Sebastian should accompany the
neophytes. Each was eager to stay and face the
danger at Rome, and at last the Pope decided that
the Roman church could not spare the services of
He continued to labor at the post of danger till he
was betrayed by a false disciple. He was led before
Diocletian, and, at the emperor's command, pierced
with arrows and left for dead. But God raised him up
again, and of his own accord he Went before the
emperor and conjured him to stay the persecution of
the Church. Again sentenced, he was at last beaten
to death by clubs, and crowned his labors by the
merit of a double martyrdom.
Saint for the Day - St. Sebastian, Martyr
Read about the Saint for today - January 20 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Your ordinary occupations will
give you opportunities of
laboring for the faith. Ask help
from St. Sebastian. He was not a
priest nor a religious, but a
Saint for the Day Website
We hope that you gain spiritual knowledge and inspiration reading about the saint for today - January 20. An online Catholic resource providing a short Reflection for the year ahead. Use these short, inspiring words to request guidance or assistance for yourself and for the sake of others.