Saint for the Day - May 18 - St. Venantius
St. Venantius was born
at Camerino in Italy, and at the age of fifteen was
seized as a Catholic and carried before a judge. As
it was found impossible to shake his constancy
either by threats or promises, he was condemned to
be scourged, but was miraculously saved by an angel.
He was then burnt with torches and hung over a low
fire that he might be suffocated by the smoke.
The judge's secretary, admiring the steadfastness of
the Saint, and seeing an angel robed in white, who
trampled out the fire and again set free the
youthful martyr, proclaimed his faith in Christ, was
baptized with his whole family, and shortly after
won the martyr's crown himself. Venantius was then
carried before the governor, who, unable to make him
renounce his faith, cast him into prison with an
apostate, who vainly strove to tempt him. The
governor then ordered his teeth and jaws to be
broken, and had him thrown into a furnace, from
which the angel once more delivered him. The Saint
was again led before the judge, who at sight of him
fell headlong from his seat and expired, crying,
"The God of Venantius is the true God; let us
destroy our idols." This circumstance being told to
the governor, he ordered Venantius to be thrown to
the lions; but these brutes, forgetting their
natural ferocity, crouched at the feet of the Saint.
Then, by order of the tyrant, the young martyr was
dragged through a heap of brambles and thorns, but
again God manifested the glory of His servant; the
soldiers suffering from thirst, the Saint knelt on a
rock and signed it with a cross, when immediately a
jet of clear, cool water spurted up from the spot.
This miracle converted many of those who beheld it,
whereupon the governor had Venantius and his
converts beheaded together in the year 250. The
bodies of these martyrs are kept in the church at
Camerino which bears the Saint's name.
Saint for the Day - St. Venantius
Read about the Saint for today - May 18 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Love of suffering marks the most
perfect degree in the love of
God. Our Lord Himself was
consumed with the desire to
suffer, because He burnt with
the love of God. We must begin
with patience and detachment. At
last we shall learn to love the
sufferings which conform us to
the Passion of our Redeemer.
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