The Pastors Corner
Fr. Michaelraj Philominsamy, Pastor OLG
OF THE HOLY FATHER
- Universal: Peace:
That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace.
- Evangelization: Consecrated life
That in this year dedicated to consecrated life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal.
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SAINT OF THE DAY
Saint Martina of Rome
St. Martina of Rome (d. 228) was born to a noble Roman family and orphaned at a young age. She was zealous in the practice her faith, remained a virgin, and, in preparation for the Christian persecutions sweeping the city, gave much of her inheritance to the poor. She was martyred for the faith, under the persecutions of Roman Emperor Alexander Severus. According to the accounts of her martyrdom, she was discovered praying in a church and was arrested by Roman soldiers. When she refused to pay homage to the pagan gods, she was cruelly tortured over several days, raked with iron hooks, and scourged. When a bright light enveloped her, some of her torturers converted to the faith amid her fervent prayers. Taken to the temple of Diana to offer sacrifice, and in her presence, the temple's demon left with a scream. They next tried to throw her to a lion, who had no interest, and to burn her alive, but she would not catch fire. In the end, she was beheaded. St. Martina's feast day is January 30.
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