Heroic Catholic soldier and defender of your Faith, you dared to criticize a tyrannical Emperor and were subjected to horrible torture. You could have occupied a high military position but you preferred to die for your Lord.
Obtain for us the great grace of heroic Christian courage that should mark soldiers of Christ. Amen
Prayer from Catholic Online
Everyone wants the fairy tale romance. Save the princess with a kiss that wakes her up and she falls into your arms and you live happily ever after….
How we forget the “Dragon Slaying” and the importance of it first and foremost. If you don’t slay the dragon first, he torments you until death do you part. Spiritual death that is. Chastity before marriage and in all relationships is the weapon that slays the dragon of fornication. Having the title of “Dragon Slayers” is one that is worked for before you kiss the princess and live happily ever after opening your heart to a deeper love. A love not of the flesh, but a love for the others soul, in which you strive to get the other to heaven. Chastity is a key building block to the Temple built on Rock, and not on sand. Fornication is a dragon. Not just a simple sin of the flesh. It leads to many other mortal sins and become seared on the soul and take many years of prayer to overcome. To defeat this dragon, takes purity. To achieve purity, takes obedience to our Lord and the gift of chastity becomes yours through the Holy Spirit. It is attainable, for even souls married outside of the Church first, who seek to invite our Lord into the marriage, returning to the Catholic Faith. Abstinence through the marriage preparation and if another marriage has occurred, annulment process takes you and your spouse to a level of love unheard of in today’s society. I know this as I am now there. The love of God comes first, and the love of neighbor falls into place.
Dearest Jesus! I know well that every perfect gift, and above all others that of chastity, depends upon the most powerful assistance of Thy Providence, and that without Thee a creature can do nothing. Therefore, I pray Thee to defend, with Thy grace, chastity and purity in my soul as well as in my body. And if I have ever received through my senses any impression that could stain my chastity and purity, do Thou, Who art the Supreme Lord of all my powers, take it from me, that I may with an immaculate heart advance in Thy love and service, offering myself chaste all the days of my life on the most pure altar of Thy Divinity. Amen. -St. Thomas Aquinas
Saint Margaret of Anitoch, pray for us