St. Eulogius of Spain
St. Eulogius lived in the ninth century. His family was well-known and he received an excellent education. While he learned his lessons, he also learned from the good example of his teachers. Eulogius loved to read about and study the Bible. His Bible-reading helped him love the Word of God. He wanted to bring God's message to everyone. When he grew up, he became a priest and the head of a famous school.
At this time the Muslims had taken over Spain. They were opposed to Christianity. At first they tried to make the people give up their faith. When the people refused to change their religion, they were put in prison. Some were even killed.
Eulogius and his bishop were put in prison along with many other Christians. In the prison, Eulogius read the Bible out loud to encourage the prisoners. As they listened, they no longer felt afraid to die for Jesus. During this time, St. Eulogius wrote a book encouraging Christians to die rather than give up their holy faith.
The saint himself wanted to be a martyr more than anything else. Instead, he was let out of prison. As soon as he was free, St. Eulogius began to preach and he converted many. His former captors were so angry that they arrested him again. In front of the judge, he bravely declared that Jesus is God. Eulogius was condemned and offered his life for Jesus. He died in 859.
The words of Scripture were strength and comfort for this martyr and those who were persecuted with him. Is there a passage of the Bible that has had special meaning for me?