St. Pantaleon, born a Christian, fell in with pagan companions and apostasized. A zealous Christian brought him back to the Church. The penitent Pantaleon desired to wipe out the guilt of his fall by martyrdom. This favor was granted him under the Emperor Diocletian.
And all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. — Epistle
The Imitation of Christ
That thou mayst, therefore, escape the future eternal punishment, endeavor patiently to endure present evils for God’s sake.
Evil companionship was fatal to Pantaleon. From a devout Christian he became as pagan as those with whom he associated. A Christian friend was the means of bringing him back to the Church.
Don’t deceive yourself into believing that you are not influenced by the company you keep. If you are in the wrong kind of crowd, break with them today. Tomorrow may be too late.
Tell me with whom you associate and I will tell you who you are.