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Transcript of St. Sebastian
Patron of Archers, Athletes,
and Soldiers Saint Sebastian was a Christian Saint and matyr. He is the Patron of Athletes because of his physical endurance and energetic way of spreading the faith. According to legend, Saint Sebastian was born in Narbonne, Gaul. He became a Roman solider in 283. Sebastian would be named the Captain of the guards by Emperor Diocletian, not knowing that Saint Sebastian was a Christian. When it was discovered that Sebastian was indeed a Christian, he was ordered executed. He was shot with arrows and left for dead, but when the widow of St. Castulus went to recover his body, she found he was still alive and nursed him back to health. Soon after, Sebastian intercepted the Emperor, denounced him for his cruelty to Christians, and was beaten to death with a club on the Emperor's orders.
Saint Sebastian was buried on the Appian Way. His aura said that he had cured a women of her muteness, and that coverted 78 people. He also made two Christian prisioners keep faith in their religion during martyrdom, who were bewailed and entreated by their family to forswear Christ and offer token sacrifice.
St. Sebastian was not canonized. He was proclaimed a saint by early Christians because of his martyrdom. The canonization process did not come into existence until the 12th century. In the primitive Church, martyrs were immediately recognized as witnessing to the perfection of Christian life on earth, having shown the ultimate proof of their love for Christ by the offering of their lives. By the sacrifice of their lives for Christ, they attained Heaven in eternal glory and were indissolubly united to the Lord, the Head of the Mystical Body.
When Saint Sebastian became a leader, he realized that he had healing powers. Many people went to him for comfort and he willingly gave up his time to help the people that are less fortunate. Saint Sebastian also secretly baptized soliders and brought lots of comfort during his travels.