— Bishop and Martyr
St. Appolinaris was a disciple of St. Peter and was appointed by him to be bishop of Ravenna. Though this saint is styled a martyr, he did not actually lay down his life for his Faith. He suffered untold torments for Christ and thus merited the glory of a martyr.
I have found David My servant; with My holy oil I have anointed him: for My hand shall help him, and My arm shall strengthen him. The enemy shall have no advantage over Him nor the son of iniquity have power to hurt him. — Gradual
The Imitation of Christ
The better thou disposest thyself for suffering, the more wisely dost thou act, and the more dost thou merit; and thou wilt bear it the more easily if both in mind and in body thou art diligently prepared thereto.
St. Appolinaris was cruelly beaten several times and cast into prison. Torments, however, seemed but to increase his zeal for the spread of the Kingdom of Christ. He knew no fear but the fear of the Lord.
Do difficulties and obstacles frighten you? Are you easily discouraged? Place your trust in the Lord today and do manfully.
You have not yet resisted unto blood.