— Deacon and Martyr
During the persecution of Christians in Persia, St. Benjamin was imprisoned for a year. An ambassador, after having promised that St. Benjamin would not speak of religion to the courtiers, obtained his release. But Benjamin refused to be bound by a promise to which he had never given his consent. He was cruelly tortured to death.
Whosoever shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father. — Lauds, First Antiphon
The Imitation of Christ
Because if thou die with Him, thou shalt also live with Him and if thou art His companion in suffering, thou shalt also be His companion in glory.
The story of the martyrdom of St. Benjamin is too terrible to record. He died after over a year of constant inhuman torture.
The last day of March and tomorrow is All Fools’ day, as you know. Whether anybody else fools you or not, look back over the past long month of wonderful days and see if you have perhaps fooled yourself. If you have reason to think you have
done well, thank God for it and make April a banner month.
There is no standing still in the spiritual life; not to advance is to go back.