PRAYER MEDITATION OF THE DAY – ST VINCENT OF SARAGOSSA
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“In the world, you will have affliction. But take courage, I have overcome the world.”
– Jn 16:33
When we feel too bold, let us remember our feebleness. When we feel too weak, let us remember Christ’s strength.
– St Thomas More
Glorious St Vincent, help me to put all my trust in my Redeemer so that I may overcome all adversity. Pray for me, who am so doubtful; pray for me, that finally I may receive the consolations and the succour of Heaven in all my necessities and afflictions. May the Holy Spirit, Instructor and Consoler of the faithful, help me to faithfully apply Christ’s message in my life in thought, word and deed.
Life: from Catholic online
St. Vincent, the protomartyr of Spain, was a deacon of the 3rd century. Together with his Bishop, Valerius of Saragossa, he was apprehended during a persecution of Dacian the governor of Spain. Valerius was banished but Vincent was subjected to fierce tortures before ultimately dying from his wounds. According to details of his death (which seem to have been considerably developed later on), his flesh was pierced with iron hooks, he was bound upon a red-hot gridiron and roasted, and he was cast into a prison and laid on a floor strewn with broken pottery. But through it all his constancy remained unmoved (leading to his jailer’s conversion) and he survived until his friends were allowed to see him and prepare a bed for on which he died. The saint’s fame spread rapidly throughout Gaul and Africa – we have several sermons of St. Augustine given on his feast day. His feast day is January 22.
Continued at Wikipedia
image By Tomás Giner (Museo del Prado) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Catholic Online. 2017. St. Vincent Saragossa – Saints & Angels – Catholic Online. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=724. [Accessed 23 January 2017].