Skip to comments.[Catholic Caucus] Saint Basilides and Companions, Martyrs (Gueranger)
Posted on 06/11/2018 10:31:34 PM PDT by CMRosary
BESIDE JOHN OF SAHAGÚN, the Apostle of peace, are grouped four warriors of our Lord’s army. Thus peace and war this day go hand in hand, yea, form but one in the kingdom of the Son of God. The three-fold peace, preached by Christ, namely, man’s peace with his God, with himself, and with his brethren, all fellow citizens in the Holy City—is to be won only at the cost of combat with Satan, the flesh, and world, which is the “accursed city.” Together with the Church, let us blend in one united homage, our praises of the glorious Confessor of these later ages, and of the stern veterans of persecuting times.
From you we learn, O soldiers of Jesus Christ, the nature of that peace which He came to bring upon earth to men of good will. Its reward is no other than God himself, who by it and together with it, communicates himself to such as are worthy. Its invigorating sweetness overpowers every sensitive feeling, even that of tortures such as Christians, after your example, must be ready to undergo, in order to preserve intact this priceless treasure. Amidst torments and beneath the death-stroke, this peace upheld you, keeping your mind and heart free,—fixed alone on heaven: this same peace now forms forever your eternal beatitude, in the presence of the undivided and ever tranquil Trinity. Whatsoever be the varied condition of our life here below, lead us, O holy Martyrs, by the path of this perfect peace, fraught as it necessarily is with valor and love, unto the repose of endless bliss.
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