Saint for the Day - May 6 - St. John Before the
In the year 95, St.
John, who was the only surviving apostle, and
governed all the churches of Asia, was apprehended
at Ephesus, and sent prisoner to Rome. The Emperor
Domitian did not relent at the sight of the
venerable old man, but condemned him to be cast into
a caldron of boiling oil. The martyr doubtless
heard, with great joy, this barbarous sentence; the
most cruel torments seemed to him light and most
agreeable, because they would, he hoped, unite him
forever to his divine Master and Saviour.
But God accepted his will and crowned his desire; He
conferred on him the honor and merit of martyrdom,
but suspended the operation of the fire, as He had
formerly preserved the three children from hurt in
the Babylonian furnace. The seething oil was changed
in his regard into an invigorating bath, and the
Saint came out more refreshed than when he had
entered the caldron. Domitian saw this miracle
without drawing from it the least advantage, but
remained hardened in his iniquity.
However, he contented himself after this with
banishing the holy apostle into the little island of
Patmos. St. John returned to Ephesus, in the reign
of Nerva, who by mildness, during his short reign of
one year and four months, labored to restore the
faded lustre of the Roman Empire. This glorious
triumph of St. John happened without the gate of
Rome called Latina. A church which since has always
borne this title was consecrated in the same place
in memory of this miracle, under the first Catholic
Saint for the Day - St. John Before the Latin Gate
Read about the Saint for today - May 6 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
St. John suffered above the
other Saints a martyrdom of
love, being a martyr, and more
than a martyr, at the foot of
the cross of his divine Master.
All his sufferings were by love
and compassion imprinted in his
soul, and thus shared by him. O
singular happiness, to have
stood under the cross of Christ!
O extraordinary privilege, to
have suffered martyrdom in the
person of Jesus, and been
eye-witness of all He did or
endured! If nature revolt within
us against suffering, let us
call to mind those words of the
divine Master: "Thou knowest not
now wherefore; but thou shalt
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