November 19 - Saint Nerses
Nerses lived in Armenia during the 4th century. He was ordained a priest following the death of his wife, and in 363 Nerses was appointed Bishop of Armenia. He promoted the founding of monasteries, opened hospitals, and encouraged Christians to live honestly and to be generous. When the king murdered his own wife, the bishop publicly condemned him. The king sent Bishop Nerses into exile and appointed another bishop in his place. Following the death of the king, his son, who was equally as evil, faked favor toward Nerses and invited him to dinner. However, the food was poisoned and St. Nerses died at the king’s table.
Proclaiming the truth is not always easy.
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where defending truth and justice brought difficulties and risks? What did you do, or what would you do if you found yourself in such a predicament?