Every year, on January 20th, we celebrate the feast of that great warrior of the Faith: St. Sebastian.
Living in Rome under the dangerous rule of Diocletian, he not only dared to be a Christian—he dared to be a Christian right under the Emperor’s nose as a captain in the Emperor’s bodyguard.
He also used his position in the Praetorian Guard to minister to the Christians suffering under persecution.
Diocletian eventually found out about Captain Sebastian’s faith, and ordered him to be shot with arrows. It is in this condition that we always see him depicted.
But it would take more than a few arrows to bring down the gritty Sebastian.
He survived the ordeal and was nursed back to health by a generous Christian widow.
Then—fearless and unflappable as ever—he marched straight back to Diocletian and upbraided him for his cruelty to the Christians.
The Emperor, shocked that Sebastian was still alive, had him beaten to death.
Because of his status as a soldier, his bravery, and his hard-as-nails fortitude, St. Sebastian has become one of the patron saints of soldiers.
But his incredible endurance gained him another patronage: that of athletes! Catholic athletes the world over now call on Sebastian when they need a bit of that same endurance to get through a tough race or push themselves just a little farther.
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