Thursday, May 22, 2014

Sts. Nereus & Achilleus

Happy feast of Nereus & Achilleus!


These 2 martyrs were members of the roman army.  They took part in the persecution of Christians during the reign of Trajan.  They were members of the elite Praetorian Guard and we're baptized by St. Peter after a "miracle of faith" converted them.  For their crime of impiety, they were excited from Rome with St. Flavian Domitilla and eventually beheaded.

This brings to mind the conversion of St. Paul in my mind.  The brutal Roman soldier out to follow orders and carry out his military career to the best of his ability, struck by the hand of God and made to see the error of their ways and light of The Lord.  Again, I wonder if my faith would be so strong? Thank you Lord for showing us the magnitude of your forgiveness.  Thank you for the example of your saints.

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