St. Ignatius of Antioch
Feast Day – February 1st
St. Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, was the Disciple of St. John the Evangelist. When Domitian persecuted the Church, St. Ignatius obtained peace for his flock by fasting and prayer. But mostly, he desired to suffer for Christ, and to prove himself a “perfect Disciple.”
In the year 107, the Emperor Trajan, came to Antioch and forced the Christians to choose between giving up their Catholic Faith, or being killed. Trajan questioned St. Ignatius, “Who are you spirit of evil, who dare to disobey my orders, and to encourage others on to their destruction?”
Trajan asked, “Do you mean Him who was crucified under Pontius Pilate?”
St. Ignatius answered, “Yes, for it is written, ‘I will dwell with them and walk with them.’ ”
The saint cried, “I thank Thee, Lord, for giving me the chance to make an act of perfect love for Thee, and for allowing me to be bound for Thy sake with chains, like Thy Apostle, Paul!”
St. Ignatius, was then hurried away to Rome by the soldiers, and was eaten up by the Lions. He died, a Martyr for the Church.
St. Ignatius, pray for us!
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