April 12 – St. Sabas the Goth

It seems that this fourth century saint was not very intelligent or brilliant and yet his testimony of strength and joy were more powerful than all his words. He was arrested as part of a persecution and the first time he was released because they thought it was not worth torturing a person who was not very bright. He was captured a second time and the executioners, angered by Sabas’ gentleness and joy, tortured him and left him for dead. A pious woman saved him, but for the third time he was captured and demanded that he worship idols. When St. Sabas refused, he was executed.

Do you think that you have to be extremely intelligent or have great talent to be called by God? What would be the only thing you would need?


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