Today is the Memorial of St. Montanus and his companions, eight 3rd century Christians who were martyred during the reign of the Roman emperor, Valerian. They were imprisoned together for many months, deprived of food and water. They comforted one another and were comforted by a series of visions. The martyred Bishop of Carthage, St. Cyprian, came to Montanus, who asked him whether death is painful. Cyprian answered, “The body feels no pain when the soul gives itself entirely to God.” May we ask St. Montanus to help us give ourselves entirely to God.
St. Montanus, pray for us.