Saint for the Day - September 20 - Sts.
Eustachius & Companions
Placidus before his conversion, was a distinguished
officer of the Roman army under the Emperor Trajan.
One day, whilst hunting a deer, he suddenly
perceived between the horns of the animal the image
of our crucified Saviour. Responsive to what he
considered a voice from heaven, he lost not a moment
in becoming a Catholic. In a short time he lost all
his possessions and his position, and his wife and
children were taken from him. Reduced to the most
abject poverty, he took service with a rich
land-owner to tend his fields. In the mean time the
empire suffered greatly from the ravages of
barbarians. Trajan sought out our Saint, and placed
him in command of the troops sent against the enemy.
During this campaign he found his wife and children,
whom he despaired of ever seeing again. Returning
home victorious, he was received in triumph and
loaded with honors; but the emperor having commanded
him to sacrifice to the false gods, he refused.
Infuriated at this, Trajan ordered Eustachius with
his wife and children to be exposed to two starved
lions; but instead of harming these faithful
servants of God, the beasts merely frisked and
frolicked about them. The emperor, grown more
furious at this, caused the martyrs to be shut up
inside a brazen bull, under which a fire was
kindled, and in this horrible manner they were
roasted to death.
Saint for the Day - Sts. Eustachius & Companions
Read about the Saint for today - September 20 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
It is not enough to encounter
dangers with resolution; we must
with equal courage and constancy
vanquish pleasure and the softer
passions, or we possess not the
virtue of true fortitude.
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