This saint was one of the best officers in the Roman army. He was an intrepid fighter and a stranger to fear. By word and particulary by example he brought many to the faith. Called to account for his conduct and condemned to be shot to death by archers, he faced death unflinchingly. Left for dead by the archers, he was nursed back to health by the Christians. He was later beaten to death with clubs.
God is glorious in His saints, wonderful in majesty, doing wonders. —Gradual
The Imitation of Christ
Thou must pass through fire and water before thou come to refreshment.
One is naturally attracted to a man who has a physical prowess, athletic ability, and with all that is also a splendid type of gallant manhood. Of such kind was St. Sebastian, the kind of saint you would like, and could not help it.
If you have not already done so, get a copy of Fabiola and read it today. Watch for an opportunity to see the photoplay. If you think you have a great deal of courage, see if you can say “no” when you should.
Better is he that ruleth himself than he that taketh cities.