Ss. Victorian and Companions
St. Victorian was governor of Carthage with the Roman title of proconsul. After the king had issued his edicts against the Christians, he offered Victorian wealth and honor if he would renounce his religion. Victorian made a generous renunciation of this offer. This infuriated the king, and Victorian paid the price with his blood.
By all the praise Thy saints have won;
By all their pains in days gone by;
By all the deeds which they have done;
Hear Thou Thy suppliant people’s cry.
— Lauds, Hymn
The Imitation of Christ
Blessed is that man who for Thee, O Lord, abandoneth all things created.
Victorian was a very wealthy magistrate whom the king loved for his fidelity; but when the edicts against the Christians were published, Victorian refused to carry them out. For this he was most cruelly tortured and put to death.
We admire persons who are courageous enough to say “no” at the right time. During Lent you may have many an occasion to do just that. There are many things that are not wrong to do during Lent, but our permitting ourselves the indulgence is a bad example to people about us.
So let your light shine before men that they may see your good work and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.