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    From rich@1:396/4 to All on Wednesday, September 05, 2018 10:09:42
    From: rich <richarra@gmail.com>

    September 6th =E2=80=93 SS. Donatian, Laetus and Others, Bishops,Martyrs

    There were thousands of Christians exiled, tortured and martyred in
    the late 5th century by the Arian King Hunneric. Six of them, all
    bishops, are remembered today; however, we really know nothing about
    them except their names and their deaths for the faith.


    In the year 484 the Arian king of the Vandals, Huneric, ordered that
    all the Catholic churches of Africa were to be closed and the goods of
    the clergy to be taken from them and given to the Arian clergy; the
    bishops, in particular, who had assembled at the royal command were
    turned out of the city. Outside of the gates Huneric met a party of
    them, who appealed against his injustice and cruelty. "Ride them
    down!" he said to his mounted followers, and that was all the answer
    he gave. St. Donatian with four others, all bishops in the province of Byzacene, were cruelly beaten, and then driven into the desert, and
    died of hunger, thirst and exposure.

    St. Laetus, Bishop of Leptis Minor, whom the Roman Martyrology calls
    "a zealous and very learned man", had made himself particularly
    obnoxious to Huneric by his opposition to Arianism. He was thrown
    into a filthy dungeon, from which he only emerged to be burnt alive,
    one of the first martyrs of the persecution.

    The feast of these martyrs, with St. Laetus in chief, is kept by the
    Canons Regular of the Lateran.

    See the Acta Sanctorum September, vol. ii, where we are referred to
    the Historia pesecutionis provinciae Africana by Victor of Vita, but
    it is difficult to identify the particular names set down in the

    Saint Quote:
    Be assured that he who shall always walk faithfully in God's presence,
    always ready to give Him an account of all his actions, shall never be separated from Him by consenting to sin.
    -- St. Thomas Aquinas

    Bible Quote:
    24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues for
    ever. 25 Consequently he is able for all time to save those who draw
    near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession
    for them. 26 For it was fitting that we should have such a high
    priest, holy, blameless, unstained, separated from sinners, exalted
    above the heavens. 27 He has no need, like those high priests, to
    offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of
    the people; he did this once for all when he offered up himself.
    [Hebrews 7:24-27] RSVCE


    Glorious Prince of the heavenly hosts
    and victor over rebellious spirits,
    be mindful of me who am so weak and sinful
    and yet so prone to pride and ambition.
    Lend me, I pray,
    thy powerful aid in every temptation and difficulty,
    and above all do not forsake me
    in my last struggle with the powers of evil.

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