St. Vincent, Deacon and Martyr

st vincent martyr 11Deacon and martyr. Born at Huesca, Spain, he became a deacon and served St. Valerius at Saragossa until their martyrdom at Valencia during the persecutions under Emperor Diocletian (r. 284-305). St. Valerius was exiled, but Vincent was cruelly tortured because he would not surrender the holy books. He converted the warden of the prison and then died. He was honored by Sts. Augustine, Pope Leo I, and Prudentius, and is considered the patron saint of vinedressers in some regions of Spain.

REFLECTION:

Do you wish to be at peace amidst suffering and temptation? Then make it your principal endeavor to grow in habits of prayer and in union with Christ. Have confidence in Him. He will make you triumphant over spiritual enemies and over yourself. he will enlighten your darkness and sweeten your sufferings, and in your solitude and desolation he will draw you nigh to you with His holy angels.

PRAYER:

Eternal Father, you gave Saint Vincent the courage to endure torture and death for the Gospel: fill us with Your Spirit and strengthen us in Your love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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