Saint for the Day - November 9 - St. Theodore
St. Theodore was born
of a noble family in the East, and enrolled while
still a youth in the imperial army. Early in 306 the
emperor put forth an edict requiring all Catholics
to offer sacrifice, and Theodore had just joined the
legion and marched with them into Pontus, when he
had to choose between apostasy and death. He
declared before his commander that he was ready to
be cut in pieces and offer up every limb to his
Creator, Who had died for him.
Wishing to conquer him by gentleness, the commander
left him in peace for a while, that he might think
over his resolution; but Theodore used his freedom
to set on fire the great temple of Isis, and made no
secret of this act. Still his judge entreated him to
renounce his faith and save his life; but Theodore
made the sign of the cross, and answered: "As long
as I have breath, I will confess the name of
Christ." After cruel torture, the judge bade him
think of the shame to which Christ had brought him.
"This shame," Theodore answered, "I and all who
invoke His name take with joy." He was condemned to
be burnt. As the flame rose, a Catholic saw his
soul rise like a flash of light to heaven.
Saint for the Day - St. Theodore Tyro
Read about the Saint for today - November 9 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
We are enlisted in the same
service as the holy martyrs, and
we too must have courage and
constancy if we would be perfect
soldiers of Jesus Christ. Let us
take our part with them in
confessing the faith of Christ
and despising the world, that we
may have our part with them in
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