Thought for the Day – 20 January – The Memorial of St Sebastian, Martyr (Died C 288)
By contemplating death, we focus our minds on how better to live, so that when the moment comes–as it does for all of us–we need not be afraid or ashamed of our nakedness in the sight of God, as our first parents were, in the rebellion of original sin, which brought death into the world.
As the ancient saying commands us, memento mori, remember that you must die.
How we live our lives, will determine, whether we will join with the saints, in the victory of Christ over death. Indeed, the saints are excellent examples for us, of how to live–and how to die–with grace, love and forgiveness.
St Sebastian, Martyr for Christ, Pray for us! (The Image is the Bernini Statue in the Vatican)