OCTOBER 25 – SS. CRISPIN AND CRISPINIAN, MARTYRS.
THESE two glorious martyrs came from Rome to preach the faith in Gaul toward the middle of the third century. Fixing their residence at Soissons, they instructed many in the faith of Christ which they preached publicly in the day, and at night they worked at making shoes, though they are said to have been nobly born, and brothers. The infidels listened to their instructions, and were astonished at the example of their lives, especially of their charity, disinterestedness, heavenly piety, and contempt of glory and all earthly things: and the effect was the conversion of many to the Christian faith. The brothers had continued their employment several years when a complaint was lodged against them. The emperor, to gratify their accusers and give way to his savage cruelty, gave orders that they should be convened before Rictius Varus, the most implacable enemy of the Christians. The martyrs were patient and constant under the most cruel torments, and finished their course by the sword about the year 287.
REFLECTION: Of how many may it be said that “they labor in vain,” since God is not the end and purpose that inspires the labor!
WORD OF THE DAY
PEW. A seat for worshippers in a church. Pews are an early medieval innovation in the West, where they gradually developed from stone seats attached to the walls or to the piers of the nave. Many churches had elaborately carved pews, at the ends and on the back, with figures of saints and symbols of the Passion of Christ. (Etym. Middle French puie, prop, raised seat, balcony.)Modern Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon SJ (Get the real one at Eternal Life — don’t accept an abridged or edited version of this masterpiece!)
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