Saint for the Day - January 7 - St. Lucian,
St. Lucian was born at
Samosata in Syria. Having lost his parents in his
youth, he distributed all his worldly goods, of
which he inherited an abundant share, to the poor,
and withdrew to Edessa, to live near a holy man
named Macarius, who imbued his mind with a knowledge
of the Holy Scriptures, and led him to the practice
of the Catholic virtues. Having become a priest,
his time was divided between the external duties of
his holy state, the performance of works of charity,
and the study of sacred literature. He revised the
books of the Old and New Testaments, expunging the
errors which had found their way into the text
either through the negligence of copyists or the
malice of heretics, thus preparing the way for St.
Jerome, who shortly after was to give to the world
the Latin translation known as "The Vulgate." Having
been denounced as a Catholic, Lucian was thrown
into prison and condemned to the torture, which was
protracted for twelve whole days. Some Catholic
visited him in prison, on the feast of the Epiphany,
and brought bread and wine to him; while bound and
chained down on his back, he consecrated the divine
mysteries upon his own breast, and communicated the
faithful who were present. He finished his glorious
career in prison, and died with the words, "I am a
Catholic," on his lips.
Saint for the Day - St. Lucian, Martyr
Read about the Saint for today - January 7 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
If we would keep our faith pure,
we must study its holy truths.
We cannot detect falsehood till
we know and love the truth; and
to us the truth is not an
abstraction, but a Person, Jesus
Christ, God and Man.
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