St. Bademus founded a monastery in Persia. He led his religious on the path of perfection in all sweetness, prudence, and charity. To crown his virtue, God permitted him to be taken prisoner and tortured for his Faith. He was beheaded.
I will liken him unto a wise man who built his house upon a rock. — Vespers, Antiphon
The Imitation of Christ
In the Cross is salvation; in the Cross is life; in the Cross is protection from enemies.
While waiting for martyrdom a traitor to the Faith was admitted into his cell to dispatch him with a sword. Bademus was so patient to the several wounds inflicted by the unfortunate fellow Christian that persons standing about were moved to acknowledge the beauty and power of the Faith of Bademus.
Open-minded non-Catholics will be moved to inquire into your Faith far more on account of your good example than for any other reason. It is a dreadful responsibility to have on one’s soul to have discouraged even one soul’s conversion by our bad example.
Nor knowest thou what argument, thy life to a neighbor’s creed has lent. — Emerson