June 15: Saint Benildus of Cordoba

On June 14, 853, a Catholic monk and priest named Anastasius was arrested by the Muslim rulers of Cordoba, Spain, for the crime of being a Christian. When he refused to renounce his faith, he was beheaded. Since this was done publicly and since there were still Catholics living in Cordoba, though practicing their faith in secret, faithful Catholics knew that this had been done as a lesson to all of them.

Undeterred, on the following day, a faithful Catholic woman named Benildus publicly professed her faith in Christ. She was immediately sentenced to death by being burned at the stake.

Saint Benildus, help me be a fearless witness to Jesus Christ.

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