St. Vincent of Saragossa
Vincent was martyred in Spain in 304. This was the same year that Agnes was martyred in Rome. They both were victims of the cruel persecution of Emperor Dacian.
Vincent had grown up in Saragossa, Spain. He was educated by the bishop, St. Valerius. The bishop had made Vincent a deacon. Even though Vincent was quite young, Valerius recognized his talents and goodness. Bishop Valerius asked him to preach and teach about Jesus and the Church.
Emperor Dacian arrested both Valerius and Vincent. He kept them in jail for a long time. They would not let themselves become downhearted. Both remained faithful to Jesus. Then the emperor sent Bishop Valerius into exile, but he sent Deacon Vincent to be cruelly tortured.
Vincent asked the Holy Spirit for strength. He wanted to be true to Jesus no matter how terrible things would be for him. The Lord granted him that strength. Deacon Vincent remained peaceful through all his sufferings. When the torture sessions were over, he was returned to prison where he converted the jailer. Finally, the emperor gave in and permitted people to visit Vincent. The Christians came and cared for his wounds. They tried their best to make him comfortable. It was not long before he died.
Let us pray today in the words of St. Vincent: "God fill us with your Spirit and strengthen us in your love."