Wednesday, March 19, 2014

CATHOLIC ANECDOTES: Likeness of Soul to God | Martyrs Last Word

Catholic Anecdotes*
The End of Man
How is the likeness of the Soul like God's Image?

Question #4
Q. Is this likeness in the body or in the soul? 
A. This likeness is chiefly in the soul. 

THE MARTYR'S LAST WORD

The life of the soul cannot be destroyed. A holy martyr, named Philemon, who suffered death for the faith of Christ during the reign of the Emperor Constantine, gave the pagan judge who condemned him an explanation of Our Lord s words :

"Fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul," in the following manner: Philemon, together with several other Christians, had been arrested by order of the governor of a town in Egypt, and brought before the judge, who threatened to put them to terrible torture if they would not renounce the faith and deny Christ. Thereupon Philemon begged the judge to give him permission to speak ; he had an important communication to make to him. Having received permission, he further asked that a large brass vessel might be brought, and a little child also. This being done, he placed the child in the vessel, and closed the lid ; he then requested some archers to discharge their arrows at the vessel. All the arrows naturally rebounded from it, and fell to the ground. Immediately Philemon removed the lid and lifted out the child.

"See", he said, "this child is unharmed by all the arrows aimed at him. So it is with us Christians. Our body is like this brass vessel ; the soul is contained within it, as the child was in the vessel. You may, O judge, torture and kill our body, but you cannot injure, much less destroy, the soul"

The Christian hero was forth with led out to death with his co-religionists.


REFERENCE
ANECDOTES AND EXAMPLES
ILLUSTRATING THE CATHOLIC CATECHISM
SELECTED AND ARRANGED BY
REV. FRANCIS SPIRAGO
PROFESSOR OF THEOLOGY
SUPPLEMENTED, ADAPTED TO THE BALTIMORE
CATECHISM, AND EDITED BY
REV. JAMES J. BAXTER, D.D.
AUTHOR OF "SERMONS FROM THE LATINS", ETC.
NEW YORK, CINCINNATI, CHICAGO
BENZIGER BROTHERS
PRINTERS TO THE I PUBLISHERS OF
HOLY APOSTOLIC SEE BENZIGER'S MAGAZINE

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