St. Januarius and His Companions
From the 19th to the 26th of September, the blood of Januarius preserved in a phial liquefies when brought near his body. He and his companions were martyred.
And I say to you. My friends: Be not afraid of them who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. — Gospel, Luke 12
The Imitation of Christ
Give me courage to resist, patience to endure, and constancy to persevere.
There is power in a “gang.” Usually all the members do the same things in the same way. Januarius was the leader of such a gang. They were all upstanding young men who believed in Christ and were proud of their faith and of their ideal, Christ. St. Januarius was so wonderful and so good that his whole group followed him anywhere and when he was put to death for his Faith, his companions were so inspired by his example that they stood torture and death bravely just as their leader had done.
Watch the students in your class today to see what things they do better than you and then try to copy them. Do the right things they do better than you. If you notice anybody doing what he should not, profit by his example and don’t do worse.
Make it like unto the pattern I have shown you on the mount. — God’s direction to Moses