Though a bishop, St. Paphnutius had to work in the mines under the tyrant Maximin Daia. He was willing to suffer anything rather than deny his faith.
He forsook not the just when he was sold, but delivered him from sinners: He went down with him into the pit, and in bands he left him not, till he brought him the scepter of the kingdom and power against those that oppressed him. — Epistle, Wisdom 10
The Imitation of Christ
It is not long thou hast to labor here, nor shalt thou always be oppressed with sorrows. Wait a little and thou shalt see a speedy end of suffering.
Rather than deny his Faith, he became a slave working in a mine under tyrannical overseers.
If you were faced today with “Your Faith or your life!” you would rather give up your life, would you not? But would you? How much courage have you? Test yourself. A
copied task or your honor, which? A peevish alibi or submission to orders, which?
Many love Jesus as long as they feel no adversity. — The Following of Christ, Book II