Ss. Mark and Marcellianus — Martyrs June 18

Brothers by blood, these saints were more than brothers in the shedding of their blood. They were thrown into prison in the vain hope that they would deny their Faith. St. Sebastian visited them in prison and encouraged them to suffer all things rather than deny Christ. They were nailed to a pillar and left to die.

Novena for the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help begins.

The souls of the just are in the hand of God; and the torment of malice shall not touch them. — Gradual

The Imitation of Christ
And if thou couldst make choice, thou oughtest to prefer to suffer adversities for Christ, than to be delighted with much consolation; because thou wouldst more resemble Christ, and be more likened to all the saints.
These were two brothers who gave their lives for Christ just as Primus and Felician had done. These two were young men though, while others had been very old.
Have you ever heard some very foolish people say: “0h dear, he (she) is so young to go to the convent, to the religious life”? To whom does our life belong if not to God? Rather trust our young life to God than to a mortal who may or may not be faithful to us.
In Thee, O Lord have I hoped; I shall not be confounded.