Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March 31: St. Benjamin the Deacon

St. Benjamin

History

Benjamin was born in Persia around the beginning of the fifth century. He was a deacon for the Church, but due to the government persecuting Christians, he was sent to jail for a year. He was set free on the condition that he would never speak to anybody who worked for the king about religion. But Benjamin believed it was his duty to preach about Jesus to anyone and everyone. In the end, he was arrested again and cruelly tortured until he died. 

Activity

These ways, we shouldn't have to be afraid of telling other people about Jesus, but we often are. Maybe we think the person we tell will make fun of us, or get angry. But if Jesus is the best part of our lives (and He is!), we shouldn't be any more afraid to tell our friends about Jesus than we are afraid to tell our friends about our favorite movies or music or ice cream. Today, spend a little time asking Jesus who He wants you to talk to. Then, go tell that person how wonderful Jesus is and invite her or him to Easter Mass with you this Sunday. 

Saint Benjamin the Deacon, pray for us!


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