St. Nicasius — and his Companions, Martyrs December 14

In a futile effort to save Rheims from destructive barbarians, St. Nicasius exposed himself to their fury hoping to save his helpless people. He was mercilessly beaten with clubs and finally beheaded.

This is he who loved not his life in this world, and is come unto an everlasting kingdom. And he is numbered among the saints. — Matins, Third Responsory

The Imitation of Christ
Drink of the chalice of thy Lord lovingly, if thou desirest to be His friend and to have part with Him.
Our Lord said: “Greater love than this no man hath, that he lay down his life for his friends.” When you are asked to do a favor that means great personal sacrifice, do you say: “What do I get out of this”?
Watch for a chance today to do something for somebody who could not do anything for you in return, and be glad if he does not even thank you for your kindness. Be sure to make the good intention first.
If you do good to them that love you, what reward shall you have?