Saint of the day
This saint lived in the first century. Much of what we know about him comes from early reports by people such as St. Bede and a sermon by St. Peter Chrysologus.
Apollinarius was born in Antioch. He became a disciple of St. Peter, who made him a bishop and sent him as a missionary to Ravenna, Italy. There he drew many people to accept Christianity by the example of his holy life and by his preaching. He had the power to heal the sick in the name of Christ.
Apollinarius was bishop during the reign of Emperor Vespasian. Because of persecutions of the Christians, he was forced into exile four times. It is not certain if he was actually put to death for the faith, but he was imprisoned and tortured on different occasions during his twenty years as bishop of Ravenna. He is considered a martyr because of the persecutions he endured for Christ, even though he survived them.
A martyr is a witness to Christ and to the Gospel. We’re all called to be an example for others by the way we live our faith. The life of St. Apollinarius shows us that the martyrs not only witnessed to Christ because they died, but because they remained faithful to the Gospel during their lifetime, even in the face of opposition.