READING OF THE DAY: 15 MARCH, 2013

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“They who said among themselves, thinking not aright: “Brief and troublous is our lifetime; neither is there any remedy for man’s dying, nor is anyone known to have come back from the nether world.

Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us; he sets himself against our doings,

Reproaches us for transgressions of the law and charges us with violations of our training.

He professes to have knowledge of God and styles himself a child of the LORD.

To us he is the censure of our thoughts; merely to see him is a hardship for us,

Because his life is not like other men’s, and different are his ways.

He judges us debased; he holds aloof from our paths as from things impure.

He calls blest the destiny of the just and boasts that God is his Father.

Let us see whether his words be true; let us find out what will happen to him.

For if the just one be the son of God, he will defend him and deliver him from the hand of his foes.

With revilement and torture let us put him to the test that we may have proof of his gentleness and try his patience.

Let us condemn him to a shameful death; for according to his own words, God will take care of him.”

These were their thoughts, but they erred; for their wickedness blinded them,

And they knew not the hidden counsels of God; neither did they count on a recompense of holiness nor discern the innocent souls’ reward.” -Book of Wisdom 2:1a.12-22.

SAINT OF THE DAY: 15 MARCH, 2013

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St. Longinus
1st Century Martyr

St. Longinus is the centurion who pierced the side of Our Lord while He was hanging on the Cross.

St. Longinus, who was nearly blind, was healed when some of the blood and water from Jesus fell into his eyes.

It was then he exclaimed “Indeed, this was the Son of God!” [Mark 15:39].

St. Longinus then converted, Left the army, took instruction from the apostles and became a monk in Cappadocia.

There he was arrested for his faith, his teeth forced out and tongue cut off.

However, St. Longinus miraculously continued to speak clearly and managed to destroy several idols in the presence of the governor.

The governor, who was made blind by the demons that came from the idols, had his sight restored when St. Longinus was being beheaded, because his blood came in contact with the governors’ eyes.

St. Longinus’ relics are now in the church of St Augustine, in Rome.

His Lance is contained in one of the four pillars over the altar in the Basilica of St Peter’s in Rome.