ST. SEBASTIAN was an officer in the Roman army, esteemed even by the heathen as a good soldier, and honored by the Church ever since as a champion of Jesus Christ. Born at Narbonne, Sebastian came to Rome about the year 284, and entered the lists with the powers of evil. He found the twin brothers, Marcus and Marcellinus, in prison for the faith, and when they were near yielding to the entreaties of their relatives, encouraged them to despise flesh and blood, and to die for Christ. God confirmed his words by miracle; light shone around him while he spoke; he cured the sick by his prayers; and in this divine strength he led multitudes to the faith, and among them the Prefect of Rome, with his son Tiburtius. He saw his disciples die before him, and one of them came back from heaven to tell him his own end was near. It was in a contest of fervor and charity that St. Sebastian found the occasion of martyrdom. The Prefect of Rome, after his conversion, retired to his estates in Campania, and took a great number of his fellow-converts with him to this place of safety. It was a question whether Polycarp the priest, or St. Sebastian should accompany the neophytes. Each was eager to stay and face the danger at Rome, and at last the Pope decided that the Roman Church could not spare the services of Sebastian. He continued to labor at the post of danger till he was betrayed by a false disciple. He was led before Diocletian, and, at the emperor’s command, pierced with arrows and left for dead.

St. Sebastian show martyred by arrows shot into him as he had been tied to a tree

But God raised him up again, and of his own accord he went before the emperor, and conjured him to stay the persecution of the Church. Again sentenced, he was at last beaten to death by clubs, and crowned his labors by the merit of a double martyrdom.

REFLECTION: Your ordinary occupations will give you opportunities of laboring for the faith. Ask help from St. Sebastian He was not a priest or a religious, but a soldier.

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This article, JANUARY 20 – ST. SEBASTIAN, MARTYR. is a post from The Bellarmine Forum.
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John B. Manos

John B. Manos, Esq. is an attorney and chemical engineer. He has a dog, Fyo, and likes photography, astronomy, and dusty old books published by Benziger Brothers. He is the President of the Bellarmine Forum.
  • Mark says:

    I named my youngest son Sebastian but before I knew of the saint. One can only try to be as faithful as this great saint.

    • John B. Manos says:

      My middle name was almost Sebastian, had my God father’s pick won out. These saints clips will roll for the year. I enjoyed editing and putting it together because I learned a lot! I’m glad you’re enjoying them also! Thank God! Imagine – if we win the prize, these will all be our friends some day! Imagine the pub chats with these guys!!!

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