St. Appollonius — Martyr April 18

This saint was a noted Roman citizen who became a Christian. A slave reported his conversion to the emperor. St. Appollonius was ordered to give up his religion or sacrifice his life and fortune. The saint courageously rejected these terms of safety and was beheaded.

If any man serve Me, him will My Father, Who is in heaven, honor. — Lauds, Antiphon

The Imitation of Christ
Whoever is not willing to suffer all things, and to stand resigned to the will of his Beloved, is not worthy to be called a lover.
Another martyr! There is a veritable halo of martyrs about Eastertime, when we keep the greatest feast of the year, the Resurrection of the King of Martyrs.
Oh, to belong to the bodyguard of the King! To have Him point me out in the crowd about and say “I want you In My immediate personal guard of men.” Could you have the heart to say “Perhaps later on”?
I want to be a soldier in the force of Christ, my King.