Saint for the Day - May 15 - Sts. Peter and
In the Decian
persecution the blood of the Catholics flowed at
Lampsacus, a city of Asia Minor. St. Peter was the
first who was led before the proconsul and condemned
to die for the name of Christ. Young though he was,
he went joyfully to his torments. He was bound to a
wheel by iron chains, and his bones were broken, but
he raised his eyes to heaven with a smiling
countenance and said, "I give Thee thanks, O Lord
Jesus Christ, because Thou hast given me patience,
and made me victorious over the tyrant." The
proconsul saw how little suffering availed, and
ordered the martyr to be beheaded.
But a little later, in the same city, the virgin
Dionysia showed a like eagerness to suffer. St.
Dionysia gained the crown which an apostate lost,
and his history may teach us that those who lose
Christ rather than suffer with Him lose all. With
the strength that was left he cried out, "I never
was a Catholic. I sacrifice to the gods." Therefore
he was taken down, and he offered sacrifice. But he
was possessed by the devil, whom he had chosen for
his master. He fell to the earth in a fit, bit out
his tongue, and so expired. He escaped a little
pain, and instead he went to the endless torments of
hell, and forfeited eternal rest. "O wretched man!"
Dionysia cried, "why have you feared a little
suffering and chosen eternal pain instead?" She was
seized and led away to horrible outrage, but her
angel guardian appeared by her side and protected
the spouse of Christ.
Escaping from prison, she still burned with the
desire to be dissolved and to be with Christ. She
threw herself upon the bodies of the martyrs,
saying, "I would fain die with you on earth, that I
may live with you in heaven." And Christ, Who is the
crown of virgins and the strength of martyrs, gave
her the desire of her heart.
Saint for the Day - Sts. Peter and Dionysia
Read about the Saint for today - May 15 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
The martyrs were even like us,
with natures which shrank from
suffering. They were patient
under it because they looked to
the eternal recompense, and
endured as seeing Him Who is
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