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St. Vincent of Saragossa

Vincent, who lived in the third century, acted as a deacon and became the protomartyr of Spain. During the mistreatment of Dacian, bos of Spain, Vincent and his bishop, Valerius of Saragossa, got arrested. The bishop was deported, but Vincent was subjected to dreadful torture before finally dying.

It is said that his surface was torn with iron hits, and that he was bound with rope, roasted on a grid and then thrust onto a cell floor heavy-laden with broken glass. Throughout all this torture, he refused to renounce his Christian faith and continued to praise Jesus. His wonderful display of piety and faithfulness led to the later conversion of his guard. At the end of his abuses, his tormentors ultimately acquiesced and allowed his friends to come and prepare the berthed on which he died.

Saint Vincent was such an insight and became so well known throughout Gaul and Africa that St. Augustine delivered many sermons about him.

From Johnnette Benkovic’s Graceful Living: Meditations to Help You Grow Closer to God Day by Day

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Against Christ’s army the world displays a twofold battle line. It offers temptation to lead us astray; it strikes horror into us to break our flavor . . . . At both of these approaches, Christ hastens to our assistance, and the Christian is not conquered.

— From a homily of St. Augustine on St. Vincent

What is the twofold battle line on which I am currently hired? Can I worded one grace Christ is returning to me so that I am not subdued?

Prayer

St. Vincent, you are indeed an inspiration to others in faithful testament under ghastly plague. Thank you, dear saint, for your huge patience that stands forever as a majestic witness to Divine Truth. Amen.

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