Feastday: 29 November~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
SATURNINUS went from Rome, by direction of Pope Fabian, about the year
245, to preach the faith in Gaul. He fixed his episcopal see at Toulouse,
and thus became the first Christian bishop of that city. There were but
few Christians in the place. However, their number grew fast after the
coming of the Saint ; and his power was felt by the spirits of evil, who
received the worship of the heathen. His power was felt the more because
he had to pass daily through the capitol, the high place of the heathen
worship, on the way to his own church. One day a great multitude was
gathered by an altar, where a bull stood ready for the sacrifice. A man
in the crowd pointed out Saturninus, who was passing by and the people
would have forced him to idolatry; but the holy bishop answered: "I
know but one God, and to Him I will offer the sacrifice of praise.
How can I fear gods who, as you say, are afraid of me? On this he was
fastened to the bull, which was driven down the capitol. The brains of
the Saint were scattered on the steps. His mangled body was taken up and
buried by two devout women.
REFLECTION —When beset by the temptations of the devil, let us call upon
the Saints, who reign with Christ. They were powerful during their lives
against the devil and his angels. They are more powerful now that they,
have passed from the Church on earth to the Church triumphant.